The Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, as a Public Administration, has among its tasks, the duty to provide the population of the island with services that fall within its jurisdiction, with maximum efficiency and accessibility, and in agreement with their needs and expectations. It must also provide the public with the information necessary for the exercise of their rights and their responsibilities, as well as strengthen the bond with other Public Administrations.
The island of Tenerife has a unique and extraordinary natural environment. It is the island of the Canary Islands with the largest surface area in need of preservation; more than half of its territory. Despite its small area, 2,034 km2, it possesses 9,324 terrestrial species, of which 2,093 are endemic. This wealth, along with the diversity of landscapes and cultural elements, must be preserved. To manage this means to combine the protection and conservation of these natural and heritage values with their use and enjoyment by the public. This complex task, together with promoting a model of development that respects the environment, is assigned to the Department of Environment, Land and Water Resources Sustainability of the Cabildo de Tenerife
The work involved in the management of the island´s environment is varied, and especially relevant are those recreational and educational policies concerning the environment:
These include all issues concerning the promotion and regulation of the public use of natural spaces, whether recreationally or for sports, business or cultural reasons, and with the condition that it does not involve mining activity. This also means giving the opportunity to local stakeholders and visitors to enjoy a beautiful natural environment safely, while at the same time, respecting the natural and heritage values being preserved. In this sense, one of the most exemplary initiatives is the Tenerife Trail Network.
The Department of Environment of the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, has implemented a customized Public Use infrastructure management system for the forests of the island. This system, called VENTE (Viewer Equipment in Nature of Tenerife), includes a set of online and Smartphone tools that allow full management of equipment as well as providing citizens with up to date and accessible information on the wide range of outdoor activities for them to enjoy. It also facilitates the interaction between users and the Administration with an incident-‐generation system with which users can inform the Managing Administrations of issues with the equipment viagraspills.com.
As the CAMINMAC project is a participatory process between different administrations and institutions with mandates in security, conservation of natural areas and tourism, as well as the active participation of the business community, it guarantees that this project, and its results, will solidify over time.
This, together with integrating all the results in the VENTE common support platform means greater user safety, encouraging the preservation of the Network of Trails and promoting sustainable, high quality tourist activities.
It is important to remember that the user profile of outdoor activities, mainly hiking, is demanding more and more in terms of responsible and sustainable management of both equipment and services, as well as from local stakeholders. Furthermore, this project will also allow the participating territories to guarantee the safe and sustainable use of the trails, along with their