Water transfers back on Spain's agenda

Government approves emergency law facilitating inter-river basin sales of privately owned water supplies

Spain's government on Friday approved an emergency law facilitating inter-river basin water sales to help tackle drought on the Mediterranean coast. Environmental group WWF/Adena criticised the measure, which it said contravened the EU water framework directive and would encourage illegal water extraction. Last year the government scrapped a huge north-south water transfer plan tabled by its predecessor, arguing that it was unsustainable (EED 18/06/04). The new law allows inter-basin sales by holders of private water rights. See press releases from environment ministry and WWF/Adena.

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