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Prison sentences for illegal water extraction in Spanish Nature Reserve Doñana
SEVILLE – A recent court ruling in Seville imposes harsh penalties as a family face prison sentences for illegal water extraction in the Doñana protected natural area. The wetland is in danger of succumbing to drought.
It concerns a couple of brothers who have owned a farm in Aznalcázar since the 1990s. The farm is partly located above the “Almonte-Marismas” water source. Moreover, this is the main water source for Doñana National Park. The four brothers and one sister each received a prison sentence of two years and five months. Furthermore, they are also banned from professions related to agriculture for two years. An additional one-year prison sentence was also imposed for damage to the environment.