Spanish firefighters are trying to build ‘fake graveyards’ to stop urban sprawl

Spanish firefighters are trying to build 'fake graveyards' to stop urban sprawl

Firefighters in Spain are trying to build entirely empty cemeteries in woodland in order to stop the growing threat of urban sprawl.

The Spanish Forest Firefighters National Association (ANBF) has launched a campaign to build bogus graveyards on barren areas where forest fires have ravaged woodland.

It has dug up an obscure piece of legislation that says buildings cannot be constructed within a 500 metre radius of a cemetery.

“In principle, no one will be buried there,” said ANBF spokesman Iñigo Hernandez, speaking to The Independent, who this week decided to publicise the campaign worldwide.

“Creating cemeteries in burnt areas aims to discourage the intentional burning of the forests. Allowing the building on burnt down forest areas leads to fires started intentionally, which result in the destruction of natural ecosystems, where animals, trees and plants live.”

The country’s Congress of Deputies amended the Forestry Act in 2015, allowing developers to build infrastructure, such as homes, schools, business units and leisure centres, on areas destroyed by forest fire.

It allowed building to begin after two years has passed since the fire, instead of the 30-year rule written up in 2003.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says 55 per cent of wildfire in 2015 was started intentionally by humans, and the ANBF believes the amendment will rapidly speed up deforestation.

Article 50 of the Cemetery Law in Spain, however, says that cemeteries must lie at least 500 metres away from any “populated areas”, or “houses or buildings used for human accommodation”.

The ANBF’s [Fo]rest in Peace campaign lobbies city councils to automatically requalify burned ground as cemeteries. […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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