Spanish NGO says relaxing building restrictions along Greek coastline could damage tourism

Greek ministers have been warned not to follow Spain’s example by relaxing restrictions on building activity along the country’s coastline because this would have economic as well as environmental consequences.

In a letter addressed to Greece’s tourism and finance minister, the head of the environmental group WWF in Spain, Juan Carlos del Olmo, said that 75 percent of the Spanish coastline is built on or slated for construction. He said that this has damaged the country’s tourism prospects.

His letter comes in the wake of the government saying it would reconsider a draft law lifting restrictions on coastline construction, which met with opposition from environmental groups and citizens.

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