The mini-transfer of water destined to save the Tablas de Daimiel National Park is already underway. The Government of Castilla-La Mancha, through the Minister of Equality and regional spokesperson, Blanca Fernández, has described as “magnificent news” both the contribution of water that has begun to take place this week as the next commissioning of the Pipeline to the La Mancha Plain.
The transfer from the Tagus will not save the Tablas de Daimiel: “Two months later they will be dry again”
On the first issue, the punctual and urgent diversion of water to the Tablas de Daimiel within the park’s water recovery program, the spokesperson for the Regional Executive explained that there is now a “magnificent” water supply of 600 liters per second that next week it will become 800. That will allow approximately 350 hectares to be flooded and “to have guaranteed this biosphere reserve that must be valued and preserved together, even if it is in minimal but optimal conditions for biodiversity.”
On the second question, Blanca Fernández welcomed the tests that are being carried out to verify the proper functioning of the Pipeline to the Manchega Plain, an infrastructure “that has suffered many years of unjustifiable and unjustified standstill.” After the reforms “the main branch will be launched.
The spokeswoman recalled that once there was a Special Plan for Alto Guadiana (PEAG), a plan that “if it had been executed, it would have achieved its objectives, surely the Daimiel Tables would have other conditions, also the aquifer and the farmers”.
Despite this, Blanca Fernández has appealed for a “shared reflection away from partisan interests”, precisely to analyze what interests the province of Ciudad Real and the region around the 23 aquifer and the Daimiel Tables“. “There must be irrigation because it is essential to maintain our land and the economy of Castilla-La Mancha, but also to preserve the present and future of farmers and ranchers because the future of the region goes with them.”
Restore the biodiversity and values of the National Park
For his part, the general director of Natural Environment and Biodiversity and in turn president of the Mixed Commission for Management of the National Parks of Castilla-La Mancha, Félix Romero, has emphasized that this “emergency and punctual action is part of the strategy of both Governments, national and regional, for the future of the Tablas de Daimiel, and the recovery of its ecological functionality, which involves guaranteeing the amount of water determined by European regulations for being included in the Natura 2000 Network and being a key area of the Mancha Húmeda Biosphere Reserve”.
As Romero explained, given the significant drought situation, the decision was made to divert six cubic hectometres through an extraordinary contribution (avoiding the summer months), which has been structured in two parts: three hm3, which are the that is entering now, related to the request of the Mixed Commission and that was authorized by the Tajo-Segura Aqueduct Unloading Commission at the end of April and the other three hm3 contributed in parallel with the commissioning of the pipeline to the plain from La Mancha
Thus, in the coming months “there will be enough water to ensure the wintering of birds this year and favor nature tourism, taking into account that next year the 50th anniversary of the declaration of this park will be celebrated.”
Improvement actions on the Island of Pan
Subsequently, the environmental restoration actions that are being carried out on the Isla del Pan itinerary have been visited, which began on July 27 with financing from European Next Generation funds and with a budget of 500,000 euros as well as a minimum execution period of three months.
As Romero has stated, the floodable area of the itinerary was regressing due to the accumulation of sediments and organic matter, with the proliferation of algae and the presence of bad odours, “so it was urgent to remove all dead vegetation and accumulated sludge from the basin reduced on the surface by the development of underwater plants that were not typical of that part of the natural space, generating a marked loss of biodiversity.