Water woes: Drought raises tensions between Spain and Portugal

In September of 2022, Spain announced that it would no longer fully honour the Albufeira Convention, a treaty on water transfers to neighbouring Portugal. Extreme drought has left Spanish reservoirs at a third of their average capacity this year, a situation not seen since 1995. Portuguese farmers are finding the decision difficult to accept, while environmentalists say it creates a major ecological risk. Our correspondents report from the Spanish-Portuguese border, near the Almendra Dam.


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