Approval by the National Water Council of the special drought plans of the Spanish river basin districts

Approval by the National Water Council of the special drought plans of the Spanish river basin districts

On 16 October 2018, the National Water Council approved a favourable report on the proposal for a ministerial order for the approval of the special drought plans of the hydrographic districts under the jurisdiction of the General State Administration (Cantabrian, Miño-Sil, Duero, Guadiana, Guadalquivir, Tajo, Ceuta, Melilla, Segura, Júcar and Ebro). Once this process has been completed in the highest body for consultation and participation in the matter, the next step is to issue and publish the approval order.

This is a review, as these plans have been in force since 2007, and aim to improve water resource management in situations of scarcity in order to minimize environmental, economic and social impacts, Spain being the only country in the European Union that has these planning instruments.

With the revision of the Drought Plans, the objective identification of drought and scarcity phenomena is pursued by means of a clear system of hydrological indicators, which serves as a general reference for the basin organizations for the formal declaration of alert situations and eventual drought; the forecast of short-term measures to mitigate their effects and the organization of the relevant institutional and participative mechanisms for the activation and deactivation of the measures contained in the plans.

Likewise, this update will make it possible to improve the actions that can be implemented in each of the basins and exploitation systems, in order to better manage these situations on the basis of the experience acquired during the eleven years in which the drought plans have been in force. These plans will include the operating rules of the systems and the measures to be applied in relation to the use of the public water domain.

You can consult the Special Plan of Action in Situations of Alert and Eventual Drought of the Spanish part of the Miño-Sil Hydrographic Demarcation, through the link:  https://www.chminosil.es/images/sequia/plan/RESUMEN-PES.pdf