2nd December 1999




The sand dunes of Cleethorpes may be closer, but one lucky group of Grimsby-based students have the chance to visit the Canary Islands to examine the environmental damage done by the tourist trade.


Ten year two students from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside’s BA (Hons) Environmental Studies programme are flying off to Fuerteventura later this month to gain a snapshot of the islands’ ecological problems.


But it will be no holiday for the students, who will divide their time between talking to local experts and writing reports on their findings.


Senior lecturers Dorothy Gennard and Dave Butler will be accompanying the students on what will be the first academic visit to the islands.


Ecologically, the islands are an ideal spot to study as they combine the European-style tourist trade with an African environment - they’re only 100 miles from the continent’s coast.


“The trip will really benefit the students’ understanding of ecology and sustainability,” said Ms Gennard. “It will only be a snapshot as it’s only a week-long visit, but it will give them the first-hand experience of observing this environment.” 


Visits to a desalination plant and the National Park are on the itinerary, and the students will spend their evenings collating information and writing up reports which will form part of their course assessment.




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