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Spain | Remote sensing helping transform management of WH-listed Doñana NP

Doñana National Park in southwestern Spain contains one of the largest wetlands in Western Europe. Lying within the estuary of the Guadalquivir River, the park covers over 110,000 hectares and includes dunes, marshes, temporary ponds, Mediterranean scrub and pine forests.

Over 200 endemic and endangered species of plants and animals live in the park, many of them associated with its aquatic habitats. Doñana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is critical for the survival of many migratory bird populations: over 300 different species of birds can be sighted within the park boundaries, including over 100 species that are directly dependent on the wetlands. Hundreds of thousands of birdwatchers and other ecotourists come every year from all over Europe and beyond to admire the unique wildlife Doñana harbours.

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