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Offline lisa

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« on: October 27, 2007, 11:14 AM »
I'm getting a little lost here now with all these golf/urbanisation projects  :speechless: so am not sure whether or not this one has already been mentioned. It's worth it though for not only being another threatening the Spanish imperial eagle but also because the locals are already suffering from a lack of water.
First found on the Olive Press, I then found that the Green MEP David Hammerstein is asking questions at the European Parliament and that Stavros Dimas has answered this month stating that -

"The Commission is not aware of the facts referred to by the Honourable Member in relation to possible negative impacts of urban development plans on breeding areas of 12 bird species listed in the Annex I of 79/409/EEC Birds Directive .

According to the limited available information on this case, the municipality of Villanueva de Gómez is not included nor near a Special Protected Area (SPA) designated following the provisions of the Birds Directive or a Site of Community Importance designated in Directive 92/43/EEC  of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (Natura 2000 sites). However, in accordance with Article 4.4 of the Birds Directive and following the reasoning of the European Court of Justice , Member States should also strive to avoid the deterioration of habitats outside the SPAs for wild birds listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive.

With regard to Directive 85/337/EEC  (the EIA Directive) as amended by Directives 97/11/EC  and 2003/35/EC , urban development projects fall within the letter b) of section 10 of Annex II. For the projects listed in this Annex, Member States shall determine through a case-by-case examination or thresholds or criteria set by the Member State and taking account of Annex III criteria, whether the project shall be made subject to an assessment in accordance with Articles 5 to 10 of the EIA Directive as amended. However, from the available information it appears that the provisions of the EIA Directive have not been correctly followed in this case

The Water Framework Directive (WFD), published in December 2000 , establishes the need of a detailed planning on the use of water resources to avoid non sustainable solutions and irreversible damages to the environment, through the development of River Basin Management Plans (RBMP). According to WFD, the first RBMP will be published by December 2009. There are two main general environmental objectives in the WFD, as set in Article 4: to prevent deterioration of the status of water bodies and to achieve good status in all waters by 2015. In case of groundwater, good status entails both chemical and quantitative status, the latter aiming to ensure a long-term sustainable balance between abstraction and recharge.

From 2009, any plan or programme that might have an impact on water resources or water quality will have to be co-ordinated with the RBMP provisions, so that the WFD environmental objectives can be achieved. In case of new projects, WFD Article 4§7 allows surface water status deterioration provided certain conditions are met. It is for the Spanish authorities to ensure that these conditions are respected in such cases.

As a first step towards the RBMP, Article 5 of the WFD Member States were required to undertake a review of the impact of human activity on the status of surface and groundwater , by December 2004. The objective of the review was to identify the water bodies at risk of not achieving the objectives of the Directive. This first identification should be complemented with the information gathered through the monitoring networks which had to be established by December 2006. Ultimately, water bodies at risk will be subject to the programme of measures of the Directive in order to achieve good status by 2015 or, provided certain strict conditions are met, they will be subject to exemptions.
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2007, 21:42 PM »
Here are the questions that apply to Lisa's post above...


I should like to inform the Commission of the indiscriminate cutting-down of trees and extraction of aggregate in an ecologically valuable area in Villanueva de Gómez, which is home to 12 species listed in Annex I to Directive 79/409/EEC(1). One of these species is the Spanish imperial eagle, a species threatened with worldwide extinction. A pair of imperial eagles nests in these pine dunes, raising three chicks a year, and the Autonomous Community has been asked to designate the area as a critical nesting site.

It is planned to build 7500 one-family dwellings with a sports complex including three golf courses on ground currently occupied by 143 inhabitants.

If this project is carried out, it will cause the irreversible destruction of between 700 and 800 hectares of woodland. Both the Adaja and Arevalillo river valleys and all the woodland connected with these rivers and the area between them are exceptional nesting sites for the imperial eagle.

The green light has also been given to more than 30 kilometres of general roads without subjecting them to the environmental impact procedure, in breach of the EIA Directive.

The water authority Confederación Hidrográfica del Duero (referring to compliance with the Water Framework Directive) has refused to supply water to any projects in the area, since there is a serious problem with the supply of drinking water in the district.

There is also the fact that the Los Arenales aquifer is overexploited, and if this situation continues it will lead to the loss of recharge area.

Given that the Environment Ministry of the Government of Castile and Leon is failing to comply with the Birds Directive in relation to its own Decree 144/2003, since this is a critical area but has not been designated as such and has not been included as a special protection area for birds, what concrete steps will the Commission take?

How much Life funding does the Community of Castile and Leon receive for the conservation of the imperial eagle?

What concrete preventive measures will the Commission take in this case in order to protect this species, and thus the Natura 2000 network?

What measures will the Commission take in relation to the overexploitation of the Los Arenales aquifer?
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2007, 10:06 AM »
Good review Clive
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2007, 21:42 PM »
An EXCELLENT piece of writing Clive. Are you going to send it to somebody - somebody important, who has the power to DO things, or to stop people doing things?

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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2007, 21:49 PM »
Tee Hee :)

I wish I had wrote it......

I did say that they were the questions that applied to lisa's post.... (Lisa pasted the answers)

The questions were written by David Hammerstein
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2007, 08:48 AM »
Apologies for putting the cart before the horse  :biggrin:  :biggrin:  :biggrin:
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