Doñana: a European haven for wildlife under threat
Save Doñana National Park.
Doñana National Park in southern Spain is a place of unique natural beauty, and a last refuge for threatened species. Already exploited for the once-abundant water of its wetlands, this precious ecosystem is under threat from harmful industrial activities like illegal water use. Thanks to the support of people like you, we’ve already succeeded in removing the immediate threat of river dredging. Can you help us make Doñana safe for good? Click the boxes to ask the Spanish president to take 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 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 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 site by addressing the industrial activities threatening the park.
Sincerely, a champion of Doñana.
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Our shared heritage
World Heritage sites belong to all of us. Together we can safeguard these natural treasures and the benefits they provide.
Spain must act now to prevent this fragile World Heritage site from being listed as in danger by UNESCO.