Spanish farmers conflict with authorities over water redistribution –


The federal government’s plan to redistribute water within the areas of Almería, Alicante and Murcia, the place farmers have been struggling to irrigate their crops prior to now 12 months, has pushed stakeholders to protest in Madrid on Wednesday.

In entrance of the Ecological Transition Ministry, in Madrid’s metropolis centre, the group of farmers, commerce unions, political figures from each aspect, and citizen organisations protested in opposition to the left-wing government’s resolution to extend the “ecological movement” of the river Tagus, which is able to lead, they stated, to a discount of the water movement switch to the river Segura.

The federal government’s resolution will enormously influence the economic system of those areas, primarily based primarily on agriculture and the lodge, eating places and cafes (HORECA) trade, protesters warned.

Lucas Jiménez, president of the Central Union of Irrigators of the Tagus-Segura Aqueduct (Scrats), and organiser of the protest, fiercely criticised the Authorities’s transfer.

“We demand, as civil society and as farmers, that the minister stops her unjustified and political assaults on the (native water) infrastructures (amongst different, aqueducts)”, Lucas Jiménez, president of the Central Union of Irrigators of the Tagus-Segura Aqueduct (Scrats), that organised the protest, has stated.

They’re “a basic water useful resource for the financial exercise of agriculture”, he added.

Based on Scrats’ forecasts, the estimated discount within the movement of the Tajo-Segura water switch within the provinces of Alicante, Murcia and Almeria is 105 hm3, which might imply 78 hm3 much less for irrigation than the present common and 27 hm3 much less for water provide.

Reducing the quantity of water obtainable would imply the “lack of 27,314 hectares of irrigable space, the disappearance of greater than 15,000 jobs and reductions within the worth of property estimated at €5,692 million”, in line with their calculations.

Spain is likely one of the most uncovered EU international locations to local weather change, with a tangible discount in water availability amongst different unfavourable results, specialists have warned.

The institution of an “ecological movement” for rivers is a key level anchored within the EU Water Framework Directive, which types the idea of all member states’ legal guidelines on the matter.

This EU regulation acknowledges the significance of “ecological flows” and locations them earlier than another safety measure by emphasising that “the aim of this Directive is to ascertain a framework for the safety of inland floor waters, transitional waters, coastal waters and groundwater as a way to stop deterioration and to guard and enhance the standing of aquatic ecosystems”.

Lots of of irrigators expressed their anger with the federal government in regards to the measure, La Opinión de Murcia additionally reported.

In the meantime, Ecological Transition Minister Teresa Ribera defended her authorities’s resolution on Tuesday, calling on all concerned events to keep away from creating a brand new “battle for the water”.

The minister regretted that “a distortion of actuality is being made in favour of 1 territory, with sure banners of sure political teams”.

(Fernando Heller |

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