Moncloa plans to allocate 2,500 million to reduce flood damage
The Vice President and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO), Teresa Ribera, chaired this Wednesday the meeting of the Environmental Advisory Council (CAMA)the Government’s highest advisory body on the matter, in which it has presented the update of the National River Restoration Strategy. In this review, the Ministry led by Ribera plans to carry out a investment of 2,500 million euros until 2030.
As MITECO has expressed in a statement collected by Europa Press, the socialist president has shared the progress made to date in matters such as river restoration, the management of the public hydraulic domain or the evaluation of the Environmental Responsibility Law, among other matters.
Along the same lines, CAMA has presented the update of the National River Restoration Strategy, a tool that aims to Minimize the damage caused by floods in Spain and comply with the objectives of hydrological planning. The Strategy, for which plans to allocate 2,500 million euros until the year 2030, is also one of the essential elements of the National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change.
The planned budget for this plan includes some 1,700 million for direct actions by MITECO; 400 million to collaborate with other administrations and others 400 million to monitor the status of water massesthe improvement of scientific knowledge, the fight against invasive species and the promotion of public participation and volunteering.
The review, which is focused on the restoration and reconnection of Spanish rivers, sets the goal of return 3,000 kilometers of river to a good state between 2022 and 2030. At the same time that it is submitted to the CAMA report, the Ministry has put the Strategy in public information so that any citizen can review it and send comments or suggestions until December 16, 2022, to later be approved by the Council of Ministers.
So far, based on the current Strategy, More than 80 river restoration projects have been carried out which have allowed, among other issues, to improve the fluvial continuity of Spanish rivers through the demolition of 621 weirs and obsolete dams and the construction of 574 fish passages, according to the ministry led by Ribera.
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