Pedro San Ginés and the Cabildo of Lanzarote are working with the Biosphere Reserve to promote the restoration of the Salinas de Janubio.
Sea salt has played an important role in the history of Lanzarote, shaping the landscape, providing an industry and very much a part of local traditions. The salt industry was the fastest to fall into decline, previously supplying salt for export around the world production at the Salinas de Janubio is now only a third of what it was 40 years ago.
A project called "Proyecto sendero litoral y restauración de los molinos de la laguna y Salinas de Janubio" to create a coastal path, restore the windmills of the lagoon and saltpans has been created in collaboration with the Consejo de la Reserva de la Biosfera, Dirección General de Sostenibilidad de la Costa y el Mar, Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente and Costas en Canarias.
Additionally the president of the Cabildo has also approached the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad del Gobierno de España to modify the tax rates of imported salt to the Canary Islands to the maximum of 15% to enhance the competitiveness of local sea salt as to salt imported from abroad.
Juan Antonio de la Hoz, minister for the Reserva de Biosfera said “We know that Janubio is much more than scenery and salt. It has an interesting fauna, cultural and environmental value that is incalculable. No doubt that if we can recover these salinas, we will recover part of our history.”
You can help by selecting to buy this local sea salt produced by the Salinas de Janubio, these 1kg bags are readily available in the supermarkets priced at just 65 cents.