Anaga Biofest – Festival en la Reserva de la Biosfera del Macizo de Anaga

Sustainability and volunteering

Generating positive impact in the territory

There will be a series of parallel and complementary activities involving local collectives and residents in the Anaga Biosphere Reserve. They will include voluntary environmental initiatives, educational activities and efforts to promote the value of local cultural heritage. They are designed with the goal of strengthening the positive local impact of the festival, creating a long term vision for this project.

Recovery of local native and endemic bird populations

The festival will include workshops to make bird boxes designed for the Canary Island blue tit and other local forest and farm birds in the Anaga Biosphere Reserve. Since the beginning of the project, more than 80 bird boxes have been placed in different locations in the Anaga Biosphere Reserve, as part of a variety of environmental education and birdwatching activities. This initiative will continue to be monitored into the future, with the goal of reinforcing its positive impact in the medium/long term.

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Environmental volunteering to strengthen the positive footprint of the festival

Since the beginning of this project, there have been different activities involving local collectives and the Tenerife Island Government Office of Participation and Environmental Volunteering, combined with environmental education activities. 

  • Clean up walk along the trail that connects Tegueste with la Tejinetilla, on the right side of the Barranco Agua de Dios, as well as the charca (pool) El Manisero in Tejina (La Laguna), in collaboration with SEO Birdlife
  • Litter picking and environmental education in La Orilla and a circular route connecting this area with Tegueste’s historic centre, in collaboration with Club Montañeros de Nivaria
  • Litter picking in Las Peñuelas, Mesa Mota and Fuente del Cuervo, highlighting the importance of the land stewardship project in this area that borders the municipalities of Tegueste and La Laguna, in collaboration with the Grupo Montañero de Tenerife
  • Litter picking and awareness raising of the valuable ethnographic and archeological heritage along the trail linking the municipalities of La Laguna and Tegueste, with collaboration from the Tenerife Mountaineering Group.

Strengthening the social value and living memory of the Anaga mountains

This festival relies on the historical relationships between the rural areas of Tegueste, La Laguna and Santa Cruz, and the hamlets of Anaga. For this reason the programme includes specific relationship-building days for the neighbours of Pedro Álvarez (Tegueste) and some of the hamlets that lie within the Anaga Biosphere Reserve, such as El Batán and Las Carboneras. Neighbourhood groups, for instance from Taborno and Roque Negro, have also directly contributed to the design and management of ethnographic and heritage awareness-raising activities. These are events filled with emotion, in which memories and experiences of the past are re-lived, as a result of a participatory and ecosocial approach which is part of the essence of this project.

You can learn and play when it comes to aboriginal heritage

Different activities are envisaged to immerse participants in Guanche culture and the history of the municipalities of Tegueste and La Laguna within the Anaga Biosphere Reserve. A fun way for all visitors to learn about the unique archeological heritage of the Barranco de Dios ravine, declared a BIC (Asset of Cultural Heritage), as well as other heritage sites.