A third of Spain could become desert by 2012

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15 June 2005, MADRID — A third of Spain could become desert beause of erosion, forest fires and droughts, a study has found.

15 June 2005

MADRID —  A third of Spain could become desert beause of erosion, forest fires and droughts, a study has found.

María Jesús Rodríguez de Sancho, presdient of a research unit studying deforestation and desertization, said there was a risk that this phenomenon could affect the country by 2012.

The findings, from the Spanish environment ministry come as the drought worsened in Spain.

Some parts of the country have reached "critical" point with reserves dipping to just 16 percent.

In the valley of the River Segura, near Murcia, in south-east Spain, reserves had fallen to just 15.9 percent.

Nationally, reserves are only 57 percent of the total capacity. They were one percent lower than the week before and were expected to continue to fall no rain falls.

Cristina Narbona, Spanish minister of environment, said in 2005 had recorded the  lowest rainfall for sixty years. 

She said this drought could last for a number of years.

Narbona said the availability of water in Spain will also continue to fall because of global warming.

But while the situation in the south and east of Spain was at a critical point, in the north and north-west, reserves were plentiful.

So while reserves had dipped to only 15.9 percent in the Segura Valley, in the Basque Country, they stood at 90 percent because of the steady rainfall.

Narbona launched a campaign for more "considerate and responsible" use of water amongst citizens and the authorities.

Seven regions have already declared water restrictions and the government launched an earlier emergency campaign to stop misuse of water.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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