Happy Birthday Teide National Park

The Teide National Park celebrates its 59th birthday today. Established on the 22nd of January 1954 it was the third Spanish National Park to be declared and the first in the Canary Islands, which now boast 4 National Parks, more than any other autonomous community within Spain (Teide, Caldera de Taburiente, Garajonay and Timanfaya.)

The Parque Nacional del Teide receives an average of almost 3 million visitors each year making it the most visited National Park in Spain and covers an area of 18,990ha in the interior of Tenerife. Since 2007 its been a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Park has received the European Diploma of Protected Areas.

However, its not the happiest of birthdays for Teide National Park, it is currently facing a massive cut to its management budget. Originally a 75% cut had been proposed for the budgets of the National Parks in the Canary Islands, this has since been reduced to 65%, as a further 2 million euros have been found, but it leaves little cause for celebration.

We'd urge everyone who cares about the Teide National Park to send some birthday cheer by signing the petition organised by SOS Parques Nacionales de Canarias
http://www.change.org/peticiones/parlamento-y-gobierno-de-la-comunidad-aut%C3%B3noma-de-canarias-no-al-brutal-recorte-presupuestario-de-los-parques-nacionales-de-canarias to protest these massive cuts.

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