Almond Leaf Scorch in Alicante, Spain

The detection of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa on Almonds sparked criticism toward phytosanitary policies


Description

After the alert of local Almond growers (as early as 2012), the presence of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa has been detected for the first time in the Alicante province in June 2017 on almond trees in El Castell de Guadalest (Comunitad Valenciana) 

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Basic Data
NameAlmond Leaf Scorch in Alicante, Spain
CountrySpain
ProvinceAlicante
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biodiversity conservation conflicts
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Plantation conflicts (incl. Pulp
Specific CommoditiesAlmond
Project Details and Actors
Project Area (in hectares)110,000
Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Start Date30/06/2017
Relevant government actorsComunitat Valenciana

Conselleria

Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente (Ministry of Agriculture)

European Union

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Eppo
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersASAJA ALICANTE

http://www.asaja.com

Plataforma Afectados Xylella Fastidiosa Alicante AXFA

https://www.facebook.com/afectadosxylellafastidiosaalicante/
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationCommunity-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Food insecurity (crop damage)
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Loss of landscape/sense of place, Loss of livelihood
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Sources and Materials
Legislations

Xylella fastidiosa related legislation in Spain
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Núm. 1283

Resolución del consejero de Medio Ambiente, Agricultura y Pesca de 10 de febrero de 2017 por la que se prohíbe la salida desde el territorio de la isla de Eivissa hacia el resto de las Islas Baleares, de todos los vegetales para la plantación, excepto las semillas, que estén incluidos como vegetales especificados en la Decisión de ejecución (UE) 2015/789
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European Xylella fastidiosa related legislation
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Links

Xylella fastidiosa distribution detail in Spain EPPO Database
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Media Links

Public demonstrations
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Other Documents

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Last update05/11/2018
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