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Spanish water plan back in the spotlight

Spain's national hydrological plan has come under further attack. Green group WWF today said it had secured independent legal advice that any EU structural funding for the plan's inter-river basin water transfer projects would contravene European law. It also issued a report "conclusively showing" that 46 "Natura 2000" protected areas would be harmed. Meanwhile, a Spanish environmental think tank last week suggested that desalinating sea water would cost two-thirds less than diverting water from the Ebro river as envisaged under the water plan. See press releases from WWF and think tank FNCA.

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