Doñana: Europe’s premiere wetland under threat
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Together we can save Doñana from grave threats, such as illegal water use and destructive river dredging, and other harmful industrial activities. Click the boxes to ask the Spanish president to take strong action:
President Mariano Rajoy
President of Spain
Dear President Rajoy
Doñana is our shared heritage. Please save:
Millions of migratory birds stopover in Doñana on their travels between Europe and Africa. They depend on its wetland to survive. This World Heritage and EU Natura 2000 site is also home to many threatened species, including the imperial eagle and Iberian lynx. Unless threats are removed, Doñana could be listed by UNESCO as in danger.
Doñana provides for the well-being of 170,000 people living nearby, yet damage to the wetland and estuary are putting at risk local livelihoods. For example, fishers are seeing a reduction in their catches, and fewer tourists are visiting. Sustainable development options, which are good for nature and for people, should be prioritized.
National laws, European nature directives and international treaties should ensure that Doñana is protected. But illegal wells and farms, proposed mining and gas projects, and dredging of the Guadalquivir River all endanger the site. Spanish authorities should implement legal frameworks to stop threats and better manage the site.
I urge you to save the Doñana World Heritage and EU Natura 2000 site by closing the 1,000 illegal wells and farms that are depleting groundwater and by cancelling river dredging and other industrial activities threatening Doñana.
Sincerely, a champion of Doñana.
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