On the edge of survival, a report on Paraje Natural Karst en Yesos de Sorbas

El Rio de Aguas at dangerously low levels, species on the edge of survival, EU priority habitats close to extinction, EU legislation ignored: these are just some of the findings of our latest report below.

After more than a year of research we can finally publish our report in the hope that urgent conservation measures will be implemented while it is still possible to preserve the unique habitats, species and river of Paraje Natural Karst en Yesos de Sorbas.

Our findings include a 66% to 82% drop in average flow of river Aguas based on 2015 – 16 readings from University of Almeria and evidence that in several places the river has stopped flowing.

Species such as the Spur-thighed Tortoise (Testudo graeca) are in danger of extinction regionally and we found no viable conservation measures at park level. We found no evidence of any in depth assessments done on any species or habitats of the park in the last 26 years, in clear breach of Natura 2000 legislation.

With conservation lacking we detail serious threats affecting the park such as agriculture, water overexploitation, infrastructure, gypsum quarries, pollution, overgrazing, fires, hunting and climate change and propose urgent urgent recommendations.

Read our whole report below:

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