The loss of darkness due to the increased use of Artificial Night Light (ANL) has a dangerous, but sometimes neglected, impact on natural ecosystems. In certain scenarios this artificial light is too faint for humans to detect, but it has been shown that 30% of vertebrates and 60% of invertebrates - nocturnal and very sensitive to light - are threatened.

The aim of EELabs is to maximize the energy efficiency of new lighting technology -mainly LEDs- while minimizing its effect in the form of light pollution -sky glow- on natural ecosystems in Macaronesia. EELabs will propose activities to acquire deep knowledge of LED lighting and the natural ecosystems of Macaronesia, to achieve sustainable growth where the increase of the Anl, a consequence of economic development, does not compromise the natural spaces by an excessive increase in light pollution.

Geographical scope of the Project

Natura 2000

Teide National Park

(Güímar, Tenerife). 102,9 km2, 30 fot. 2 con.

Corvo Island

(Azores). 17 km2, 20 fotómetros y 1 con.

Chinijo Archipelago

(Teguise, Lanzarote) 10 fot.

Betancuria Rural Park

(Fuerteventura) 10 fot.

Caldera de Taburiente National Park

(El Paso, La Palma). 46,9 km2, 25 fot. 1 con.

Nublo Rural Park

(Tejeda, Gran Canaria). 103,3 km2, 30 fot. 2 con.

Timanfaya National Park

(Lanzarote, Yaiza y Tinajo). 10 fot.

Frontera Rural Park

(Frontera y Valverde, El Hierro) 5 fot.


(Açores) 15 fot.


Madeira Oriental (Santa Cruz, Machico e Santana) 100 km2, 30 fot. y 2 con.

Oceanic Routes

(Canary Islands and Cabo Verde-Madeira-Azores routes). 5 fot.

Garajonay National Park

(La Gomera). 10 fot

Ilhas Desertas

(Santa Cruz, Madeira) 5 fot.

Project Beneficiaries

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Protecting our ecosystems

Proposal for regional/autonomous regulations to protect the natural darkness of the Macaronesian skies.


Laboratory Network

To measure the Energy Efficiency of Artificial Night Light in natural protected areas of the Macaronesia



EELabs (eelabs.eu) is a project financed by the INTERREG V-A MAC 2014-2020 Programme, co-financed by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) of the European Union, under contract number MAC2/4.6d/238. Five centres in Macaronesia work in EELabs (IAC, ITER, UPGC, SPEA-Azores, SPEA-Madeira).