Donana - The Last Resort

Posted: 26 July 2001

Home to the flamingo, coot, marbled teal, ganule and abundant heron, Donana National Park on Spain's Atlantic Coast was created in 1967 to protect one of Europe's most important wetlands. Now this unique ecosystem is threatened on several fronts by industrial growth, by agricultural development, by poaching and by tourism.

Diverted water from Donana's lagoons has transformed infertile deserts into orchards and plantations supplying supermarkets. Illegal pesticides used in rice cultivation are threatening local wildife. Factories are polluting the Donana river with heavy metals and toxic waste. And sprawling tourist developments have begun to encroach on the national park, provoking violent clashes between conservationists and local people who simply want more jobs.

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