Deploy Light Pollution Laboratories (LPL). They will be non-intrusive, and located in protected natural areas of Macaronesia
Creation of a minimum of four Light Pollution Experiments (LPE) with research/outreach activities
To extend the sky protection legislation currently applied in the Macaronesian municipalities where the LPLs will be installed
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
Teide National Park
(Güímar, Tenerife). 102,9 km2, 30 fot. 2 con.
(Azores). 17 km2, 20 fotómetros y 1 con.
(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.
(Canary Islands and Cabo Verde-Madeira-Azores routes). 5 fot.
Garajonay National Park
(La Gomera). 10 fot
(Santa Cruz, Madeira) 5 fot.
Public administrations of regions and municipalities where the LPL will be installed
Due to the reduction of light pollution in municipalities and associated natural areas
Due to the improvement in the quality of the skies for astronomical observations and for the animal and plant habitat
Protecting our ecosystems
Proposal for regional/autonomous regulations to protect the natural darkness of the Macaronesian skies.
To measure the Energy Efficiency of Artificial Night Light in natural protected areas of the Macaronesia