On December 4, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Regional Government of the Canary Islands, Narvay Quintero, and Spanish Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, signed a protocol of water infrastructure for the Canaries. Under this protocol, the Islands will receive €915 million from central government over the next 12 years, with the aim of achieving definitive development of the Integrated Urban Water Cycle. Quintero, accompanied by Director General of Water, Juan Ramón Felipe, pointed out that this agreement was the result of “the work carried out by the Government of the Canary Islands since 2015 to coordinate all local and island authorities in the archipelago”. These authorities “have been providing us with their plans for the coming years, which have been incorporated into the document we have just signed”.
The document sets out the intention of the two parties to enter into three consecutive agreements, one every four years, over the twelve-year period, and establishes 186 construction projects declared to be of general interest. The majority (60%) of these initiatives, which will be undertaken throughout the Islands, are related to sanitation and water treatment, but they also encompass water supply, drainage, water production (desalination), groundwater collection, water conveyance and storage.