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Parliamentary questions
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25 September 2019
Question for written answer E-002982-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Lina Gálvez Muñoz (S&D)

 Subject:  Proposal to build a motorway in Doñana National Park
 Answer in writing 

Climate change is posing a threat to biodiversity, among other things. Many years ago, we decided to protect areas with the greatest wealth of natural resources. Doñana is a protected natural area in Andalusia which covers 122 487 hectares, taking in both Doñana National Park, created 50 years ago this year, and Doñana Natural Park.

It is the national park with the highest level of biodiversity in Europe. In 1980, Unesco declared it a Biosphere Reserve and, in 1994, a World Heritage Site.

The Andalusia Regional Government does not seem to regard the area as part of humanity’s shared heritage, however, and the threat posed to it by climate change has been compounded by the proposal to build a motorway which appears in the Transport and Mobility Infrastructure Plan 2021-2027 (PITMA) drawn up by the regional government’s Development Council. Numerous organisations have protested against this proposal, dubbing it an ‘attack’ on the environment.

Will the European Union allow an attack of this magnitude to be perpetrated against its most precious natural area?

Original language of question: ES 
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