In PALMASUR we have maintained a web page since 2005 with information about the techniques that are being used to fight the plague that is currently killing, at a huge rate, all the Phoenix canariensis in the South of Europe and the North of Africa .
How should we act? What do the experts say?
What are the obligations of the different administrations (local, autonomous, etc) in the different States of the European Community? What does the C.E. say?
What does the owner of a palm tree, not only Phoenix canariensis but of any other species, have to do to prevent, recognize and act against Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier alias Picudo rojo (spain), Punteruoelo rosso (Italy), Charançon rouge du palmier (France), Escaravelho da Palmeira das Canarias (Portugal), Red Palm Weevil…?
How did all this disaster begin? What insect is this that has originated from the tropics and is devouring all the canary palm trees that we have seen since we were kids in our town squares, streets and gardens?
To what degree and with what virulence does this plague attack the rest of the palm trees that can be found in the parks and gardens of Europe? How much does it cost to protect them?
Its the sad truth that if we don’t act seriously, the canary palm trees and, who knows what other species of palm tree, are in danger of dying out.
We hope for the collaboration of everyone. Information is power. Let us denounce and act now.
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Web Sites of interest:
Legislación Comunidad Europea. Decisión de la Comisión, de 25 de mayo de 2007, por la que se adoptan medidas de emergencia para evitar la introducción y propagación en la Comunidad de Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Olivier).