Andalusia | Plans for more farmland in the Doñana face stiff opposition from Madrid

Hugo Morán describes Madrid’s opposition / ON

The Secretary of State for the Environment calls on the Junta de Andalucía to abandon the idea

Hector Barbotta

Spain’s Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Morán, has called on the Junta de Andalucía to drop a bill proposing to designate more than 1,400 hectares of Doñana National Park as agricultural land because the region barely has enough water. water to meet their needs.

Morán is asking the junta to veto the bill and has accused Sevilla of being underhanded in previous negotiations.

The junta should “not subject parliament to sterile debate and transfer to all citizens a conflict based on unrealistic expectations”, he said. Junta is wasting the public’s time.

He chastised the junta for not revealing its plans in previous meetings held in November and December last year.

Andalusian government spokesman Elías Bendodo avoided addressing Morán’s concerns directly and instead called for calm and reiterated the junta’s commitment to the environment and the Doñana, which he described as the jewel in the crown of the community’s environmental heritage. He added that it is necessary to balance farmers’ rights.

Morán said the image of Andalusia and its agricultural exports could be damaged if the bill passes.

The park and its surroundings, according to Morán, are subject to serious environmental constraints, “There is no capacity to have a single cubic meter more for new economic activities”.

Amalia H. Mercado