March for water

Hundreds turn out in Almería city to demand stricter controls on olive farming

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Protesters in Almería city holding banners saying ‘they’re stealing our water, they’re stealing our future’ and ‘stop the ecocide of the Rio Aguas’

By Richard Torné

More than 200 people marched through the streets of Almería city at the weekend to demand a crackdown on water-intensive olive farming in Tabernas.

Protesters claim the Rio Aguas will dry up within five years due to the planting of hundreds of thousands of olive trees in the last decade.

If this were to happen, they say it would speed up the desertification of the area around Sorbas and cause the disappearance of many unique animal and plant species.

The protest was held just days before the International Rights of Nature Tribunal in Bonn, Germany, was due to hear the case.

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