Doñana National Park

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Doñana National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Wetlands in Donana.jpg
Marshes of Doñana in Huelva province
LocationHuelva, Seville and Cádiz provinces - Andalusia, Spain
Area543 km2 (209.65 sq mi)
Established1969
Visitors392,958 (in 2007)
Governing bodyAndalusian Autonomous Government
TypeNatural
Criteriavii, ix, x
Designated1994 (18th session)
Reference no.685
State PartySpain
RegionEurope and North America
Extensions2005
DesignatedMay 4, 1982 [1]

Doñana National Park is a natural reserve in southern Spain. It is in Andalusia, in the provinces of Huelva and Seville. It is in Las Marismas, where the Guadalquivir River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The park covers 543 square kilometres (209.65 sq mi). Of that area, 135 square kilometres (52.12 square miles) are protected. The park has marshes, shallow streams, and sand dunes. It was named as a nature reserve in 1969. The World Wildlife Fund and the Spanish government bought a section of marshes to protect it.[2] The eco-system has been in danger from draining the marshes, using river water to irrigate land along the coast, and making tourist facilities bigger. The park is named after Doña Ana de Silva y Mendoza, the wife of Alonso Pérez de Guzmán, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia.

Doñana National Park was one of 100 finalists for the 12 Treasures of Spain in 2007.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ramsar List". Ramsar.org. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  2. WWF (April 2011). "For a living planet" (PDF). Gland, Switzerland: WWF-World Wide Fund For Nature (formerly World Wildlife Fund). pp. 18–19. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 21, 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  3. "Lista de 100 finalistas de Nuestros 12 Tesoros de España". Sobreturismo.es. 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2014-10-06.

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