Spanish irrigation threatens birdlife

The European courts have slammed Spain for allowing irrigation of land which should have been designated as a conservation area.

The ECJ upheld a complaint by the Commission that, by authorising an irrigation project in the irrigable area of the Segarra-Garrigues Canal, Spain failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 4(4) of the Birds Directive to take appropriate measures to avoid, in an area which ought to have been classified as a Special Protection Area, prohibited disturbances.

Judgment: C-186/06 may be accessed via the website of the ECJ at the following link: www.curia.europa.eu

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