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Declaration of Galatzó as a Public Utility Mount


Friday 8th October 2021


Its inclusion in the Catalogue protects the place from being sold or seized

The Galatzó public estate, municipal property of Calvià Town Hall, will become part of the Catalogue of Public Utility Mountains. The mayor of Calvià, Alfonso Rodríguez Badal; the regional minister for Environment and Territory, Miquel Mir, and the councillor for Environment, Ecological Transition and Democratic Memory, Rafel Sedano, announced this action during a visit to the public estate.

Thus, this space will become of public domain, being considered a place to be preserved for the general interest. By being declared a public forest, legally, Galatzó will be unattachable, imprescriptible and inalienable. That is, it cannot be put up for sale, no judge or authority can retain it, and public possession is indefinite.

The mayor of Calvià has thanked the work done by the Environment Department of Calvià Town Hall and the Regional Ministry to carry out this important step that guarantees the public nature of the property permanently. For Alfonso Rodríguez Badal, this declaration will be one more boost to continue with the protection of the estate's biodiversity and the conservation of what is the gateway to the Serra de Tramuntana.

The regional minister is happy with the fact that Galatzó becomes part of the Catalogue of Public Utility Forests and "thus joins the more than 11.200 public hectares that the Balearic Islands have." "This figure is to preserve spaces that contribute not only to the conservation of biological diversity but also to the protection of the territory," added Mir.

For his part, councillor Rafael Sedano explained that the Galatzó public estate has, since the last legislature, a Master Plan, and this year, which marks the 15th anniversary of Galatzó as a public estate, a Strategic Operation Plan has been drawn up that marks the structured milestones of projects and actions in all areas: environmental, heritage, cultural, etc.

The public estate has been included in the Catalogue because it meets the expected conditions, such as its location at the head of the Torrent de Galatzó basin; the contribution to the regulation of the hydrological regime of this area and the preservation of biological diversity, through the maintenance of ecological systems, the protection of flora and fauna or the preservation of genetic diversity. In addition, it is part of a protected natural area and also of a special conservation area of the Natura 2000 Network.

Currently, in the Balearic Islands there are 27 public utility mountains, owned by the state, the autonomous community, the island councils or the town councils. The first ones to be included were Binifaldó and Menut, which became registered in the name of the State in 1901.

Statements by the mayor, Alfonso Rodríguez Badal

Statements by the regional minister for Environment and Territory, Miquel Mir

Statements by the councillor for Environment, Ecological Transition and Democratic Memory, Rafel Sedano