March 30. 2023. 4:54

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Spanish plan to legalize water-guzzling strawberry farms threatens Doñana nature reserve

These farms — the equivalent of 1,400 soccer fields in size — represent more than 85% of the currently illegally irrigated land drying out the ground and endangering Doñana’s biodiversity. In the last 20 years, WWF-Spain has unveiled more than 1,000 illegal wells that are overexploiting the aquifer that feeds Doñana National Park: “Legalising the farms that are destroying Doñana would make a mockery of the European Court of Justice, breach the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive and cause irreversible damage to Doñana’s flora and fauna,” said Andreas Baumüller, Head of Natural Resources at WWF European Policy Office.

“Breaching EU laws should have consequences. The European Commission must enforce them.”

WWF wrote a letter to EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius to raise this alarm on the imminent threat that puts the Doñana National Park at risk and call on the European Commission to ensure that Doñana is protected as required by EU law.


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