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The project for the cultivation of tomatoes on the Cortijo Mazorque farm is not feasible due to environmental reasons

La Junta slows construction of 108 hectares of greenhouse in Almeria because of the impact on water resources

La Junta de Andalucia has declared that a project to build more than 108 hectares of greenhouses for the cultivation of tomatoes in the municipality of Almería is unfeasible due to environmental reasons because the area does not have the necessary water resources.

The resolution denies the request of a bank promoting the project to change the soil use, from irrigated forestry to agricultural land, of a total of 132.76 hectares located in the Mazorque and Cortijo el Bardo areas, which make up the Cortijo Mazorque estate.

This change of use cannot be justified by proposing the use of desalinated water for irrigation because it can only be used to replace water resources of underground or surface origin on land that was previously irrigated agricultural, the resolution stresses.

It also specifies that the project that requires this change of land use is incompatible with the area, and highlights the poor global state and how overexploited the water of the Camp of Níjar is.

In addition, the Andalusian Water Law contemplates not granting new water rights or authorizations for the use of groundwater bodies that are at risk of not reaching good condition as long as the circumstance that has led to the deterioration remains.

The Territorial Delegation for Sustainable Development in Almeria also pointed out that the desalinated water concession file provided is in process and the concession procedure for the use of desalinated water of the Community of Water Users of the Níjar Region is also pending.

"It is not possible to determine the irrigation area, which plots will constitute it, and what will be the endowment for irrigation that this community of irrigators will have," it stresses. In this line, the plots included in the concession project presented by the CUCN do not legally have the necessary water resource for their production until the General Directorate of Water Resources Planning approves said project.

The resolution of March 9, which may be appealed, reiterates that the changes of soil use are not covered by the processing of the concession of desalinated waters on behalf of the community of users, and stresses that the desalinated waters should be used to alleviate an unsustainable situation in a body of water in poor condition, not as a justification for the irrigation of forest areas.



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