Court victory saves historic Doñana National Park
The park provides shelter to over six million migratory birds.
Following a 15 year battle, Spain's Supreme Court has ruled against plans to dredge a new shipping channel in Doñana National Park, one of the most important wetlands in Europe. The new channel would have flanked the Guadalquivir River that runs through the park for 90 km. A coalition of conservationists, farmers and fishermen opposed the plan because of its negative impacts on the river and on the park. The Spanish Supreme Court agreed that the dredging would have caused modifications or alterations to the Guadalquivir Estuary, deteriorating the natural park. Protected as a World Heritage, Ramsar and Natura 2000 Site, Doñana provides shelter to over six million migratory birds and highly endangered species such as the Iberian lynx and the imperial eagle.
Original article posted on: 06.03.15 Updated on: 19.03.15