THE GUADIANA HYDROGRAPHIC CONFEDERATION INSTALLS INTERPRETATIVE POSTERS IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

There is great social alarm about the large patches of plant life found in the urban section of the Guadiana River as it passes through Badajoz. This is a Mexican water lily that has nothing to do with the water hyacinth.

As it is usual to confuse the water hyacinth with the Mexican water lily, the Guadiana River Basin Authority has installed interpretative signs, which differentiate both species, at strategic points along the Guadiana River, with a greater influx of people, both on the Spanish and Portuguese sides. This interpretative poster is financed in the framework of the ACECA project with European funds through the Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal programme.

Nevertheless, work continues on surveillance actions along the whole stretch of the river to avoid water hyacinth outbreaks, and specifically in the area of Badajoz, surveillance teams are working on boats from the bridge of the A-5 motorway to the border with Portugal, a job in which “the most laborious thing is to look for water hyacinth plants which may be mixed with water lilies”.