Ecology and history of the Douro river basin highlighted in report and webstory

The partnership coordinated by GEOTA – that includes CEDOUA, Rede Inducar, Wetlands International, WWF-Spain and WWF Portugal (ANP/WFF) – is running the Reconnecting Iberian Rivers project, funded by MAVA within the frame of the Outcome Action Plan M1-M2 on River Basins. This project aims to advocate for integrated river basin management in both Portugal and Spain, including transboundary management, and to prevent the construction of harmful hydropower and irrigation dams, as well as pioneering in decommissioning a first dam in Portugal.

As the project is reaching the closure of its second phase, the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation has published a report on the conservation status of freshwater species and habitats in key biodiversity areas in the Douro river basin. The publication defines the baseline knowledge on the ecology of the river for its management. In addition, a web story named The Iberian Golden River provides a good insight on the freshwater key biodiversity areas in the Douro river basin.

The Douro River is the highest-flow river of the Iberian Peninsula, flowing from its source in the province of Soria, through the arid Castilian meseta and high mountains until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean in Porto. The microclimate along the river allows for the cultivation of olives, almonds and grapes, the latter being used for the production of the Ribera del Duero and Port wine.

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