Calls for Spain to improve water management after EU finds country failing on standards

Image of the Virgen de la Arrixaca hospital in Murcia. Credit: Google maps - Francisco Sanchez

WWF, the environmental NGO, has called on Spain improve the state of the country’s waterways after finding “serious deficiencies” in management.

The NGO said Spain should implement the Water Framework Directive to improve the state of rivers, wetlands and aquifers.

Rafael Seiz, president of WWF Spain, said the country had effectively stopped enforcing the EU’s Water Framework Directive which covers the 2016 to 2021 period.

The European Commission found Spain was the country that received one of the largest numbers of water management recommendations. The country has implemented six out of a total of 37, the Commission found.

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