The study was conducted by experts from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) of Spain and Flinders University of Australia, published in the Journal of Environmental Management under the title “Sand, Sun, Sea and Sex with Strangers, the ‘five S.’ Characterizing the “cruising” activity and its environmental impacts on a protected coastal dune field ”.
“We have no intention of criticizing the actions of some members of the LGBTI community,” said Dr Leví García-Romero, first author of the Journal of Environmental Management article.
“Our fieldwork, compiled into a Geographic Information System (GIS), studied 298 sex sports over an area of 5,763.85 m2 of these arid coastal dune fields.
“In this region of Gran Canaria, we found that sexual sports in areas with bushy and dense vegetation and ‘nebkhas’ (vegetated dune mounds) had a significant impact on landforms and native plants, including waste left behind. “
Gran Canaria is far from the only sunny vacation destination in the world where people meet to have sex outdoors. There are similar beaches in many countries including New Zealand.
Researchers warn that beach use and management can lead to long-term changes in beach-dune systems.
“Integrating targeted research into the management of natural resources at tourist sites can lead to more sustainable action, especially in areas of large-scale tourism and fragile ecosystems, so that future generations can benefit from these ecosystems. Explains co-author Dr Luis Hernández-Calvento.
“It is also important to highlight how the environmental condition of the space affects the user experience and how the environmental management measures taken can balance the long-term socio-economic interests of the site.”
Further study data can be viewed via ScienceDirect.