Two environmental projects in Spain are to receive over Ecu90 million from the EU's Cohesion Fund, the European Commission announced on Friday. Ecu32 million will go towards the construction of a 30,000 tonne/year incinerator for special wastes in Tarragona, which the Commission estimates will treat one third of Catalonia's incinerable waste. At present, this waste is transported to France in what the Commission describes as "a risky and expensive operation". The rest of the funding - about Ecu59 million - will help finance projects to encourage afforestation and prevent erosion and desertification in the river catchment areas of the Duero, Ebro, Jucar-Levante and Guadiana rivers and in the north of the country. A primary aim of the projects is to improve the availability and quality of water supplies.
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