Iberia: natural history and environment

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Thursday, July 15, 2004

Tourism, wetlands and the Delta de Llobregat

News today of a report by the WWF called 'Freshwater and Tourism in the Mediterranean'. It claims that tourism is destroying wetlands and depleting water supplies in the Mediterranean. The expansion over the next 20 years, with a predicted rise of visitors to the Med's coastline from the current 235 to 355 million tourists a year by 2025, will make things even worse. With tourists come apartments, and swimming pools, and golf courses which all demand water (the latter is said to use the equivalent of a town of 12,000 people in a year), and infrastructures which eat up valuable space. France, Greece, Italy and Spain have already lost half of their original wetland areas, the report claims. Read

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