Joint Statement issued to stop Spain's strawberry growers drying a key wetland Doñana National Park and Ramsar Site

Joint Statement issued to stop Spain's strawberry growers drying a key wetland Doñana National Park and Ramsar Site

24 March 2016
Spain

A consortium of high-profile supermarkets and food companies is demanding urgent action to stop unsustainable water usage destroying ecosystem in Doñana region (Doñana National Park and Ramsar Site). The initiative is supported by the Ramsar Convention and WWF Spain.

The biosphere reserve is one of Europe’s most important wetlands, supporting thousands of migratory birds as well as being a stronghold of the endangered Iberian lynx.

The Doñana Strawberry and Sustainable Water Management Group which includes retailers such as the UK supermarkets and accounts for 20% of strawberry sales in the region, says it backs the Andalucía regional government’s land use plan.

 “We, a consortium of retailers, food companies and processing companies buying 20% of strawberries produced in Doñana, together with WWF Spain and grouped under the name of “Doñana Strawberry and Sustainable Water Management Group”, with support from the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance – strongly support the Land Use Plan (Plan de Ordenación de la Corona Forestal Doñana) issued by the Government of Andalucía and urge all parties involved to cooperate on its urgently needed implementation”, read a group statement.

Doñana Strawberry and Sustainable Water Management Group Statement (full version)