Balancing Water Uses at the Doñana National Park, Spain
The Doñana region, in south-western Spain, extends from the estuary of the Tinto river to that of the Guadalquivir river, and inland from the Atlantic coast to the Guadiamar river valley. It shelters one the most important wetland areas in Europe and gathers an impressive record of biodiversity which is partly inherited from its unique location on the path between two continents, and partly from a glorious past as a true wilderness during centuries. As much as biodiversity is supported by a mosaic of landscapes and habitats in Doñana, the key to their functioning lies on their ability to shift at several time-scales.
KeywordsGuadalquivir estuary Seasonal marshland Temporary ponds Drought Floods Groundwater abstraction
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