Spain opens door to further water transfers

Changes to an EIA law give farmers the right to receive water from central Spain’s Tagus river and allow further transfers in other areas

The Spanish government has made significant changes to the country’s water management legislation via late amendments to a law on environmental impact assessment (EIA) approved by parliament on Thursday.

The changes give farmers in the intensively farmed southeast the legal right to continue acquiring water transferred from central Spain’s Tagus river and grant the government new powers to authorise further transfers. This could lead to a market in water traded between river basins.

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