Spanish wetlands and wildlife sanctuary under threat – WWF

Spanish wetlands and wildlife sanctuary under threat – WWF

Donana National Park, part of southern Spanish wetland used by six million migratory birds, could dry out completely unless the Spanish government tackles the threat of dredging, mining and intensive farming, a report said.

The World Wildlife Fund said Spain was failing to safeguard the 54,000 hectare (209 square mile) site, which stretches along the Guadalquivir River at its estuary on the Atlantic Ocean in Andalusia.

“The Donana wetland is at a crossroads. Poor management and over-extraction of water are causing Donana to dry out and the area now receives only 20 percent of its natural water input,” WWF said in the report.

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