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First special Plan of drought (2007). Repealed

According to the mandate contained in Article 27.1 of theLaw 10/2001 pf the National Hydrological Plan, the Segura River Hydrographic Confederation has carried out the task of drafting the Special plan for alert conditions and potential drought(SPS)

This Special Plan was approved by Ordinance MAM/698/2007, of March 2, by which special action plans for alert conditions and potential drought in the area of inter-community basins are approved.

The general objective of the Special plan for alert conditions and potential drought (SPS) is to minimize the ecological, economic and social impact of potential drought conditions, as well as to improve the management of water resources in the basin during shortages and to try to determine both the human and technical resources of the Confederation, their inter-relation with users and the general public affected by these drought conditions, as well as to define administrative and structural emergency actions (for the provision of extra resources)and demand management actions.

The Drought Action Protocol had already established the first structural and administrative policies aimed at mitigating the effects of the drought that was taking place at the time of its drafting, a process which took in to account both the Special Plan Drafting Guide prepared by the General Water Directorate of the Ministry of the Environment, as well as such Drought Action Protocol.

Fuensanta reservoir (Year 2006)

Specific objectives

  • Guarantee the availability of water required to ensure the population's health and life.
  • Prevent or minimize the negative effects of droughts on the ecological status of water bodies, especially on ecological flows, preventing, in any event, permanent negative effects on this status, in compliance with the provisions set forth in Article 4.6 of the Water Framework Directive.
  • Minimize the negative effects on urban water supply.
  • Minimize the negative effects on business activities, in accordance with the established priority of use set forth in water legislation and in the hydrological plans, sectoral strategy and territorial planning.

Instrumental objectives

  • Define mechanisms for the forecast and detection of droughts.
  • Establish progressive drought seriousness phase thresholds.
  • Define measures for achieving specific objectives in each drought phase.
  • Ensure public participation and transparency in the drafting and implementation of the Plans.



Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) or environmental assessment of plans and programs is an instrument of prevention for integrating environmental aspects into decision-making in public programs and plans that may have significant effects on the environment, whether directly through their own decisions, or because they establish the framework for future authorization of projects legally subject to environmental impact assessment.

SEA is an instrument provided for in Directive 2001/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council which was transposed into Spanish Law by means of Law 9/2006, of 28 April, published in the State Bulletin (B.O.E.) of 29 April, 2006.

Cárcavo Riverbed (Murcia)

The SEA is an environmental assessment process that must be carried out concurrently and interactively with the drafting of the plan, throughout its whole development process and taking of decisions.

In accordance with Article 8 of the aforementioned Law 9/2006, the aim of the Environmental Sustainability Report (ESR) PDF document (4 MB) is that of identifying, describing and assessing the possible significant effects on the environment that can derive from the application of the Special Plan in Situations of Alert and potential drought (SPS.),, with the purpose of achieving their environmental integration, bearing in mind their objectives and the territorial environment.

The Environmental Sustainability Report (ESR) is one of the documents that explains the Plan's environmental assessment process, which, in addition to creating a record of the above-mentioned integration of environmental aspects, it makes it fosters public participation and consultation in its drafting.

Follow this link to see the brief Outline of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Process.

Public participation

The Directorate-General for Environmental Assessment and Quality, the General Secretariat for the Prevention of Pollution and Climate Change of the Ministry of the Environment as the environmental body, and the Segura Hydrographic Confederation as the intrinsic body or sponsor of the SPS, pursuant to the provisions of Articles 10 and 21 of Law 9/2006 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programs on the environment, have submitted the preliminary version of the Special Plan for alert conditions and potential drought (SPS) to the mandatory phases of consultation.

In accordance with this, the interested public has participated by means of all the mechanisms laid down in the organic Act regulating Public Administration, Authorities and Procedures, LRJPAC, (Law 30/1992 and amendments).

For the purposes of defining the interested public, we shall transcribe and translate the aforementioned Article 10 of Law 9/2006.

Article 10. Consultation.

  1. The consultation phase on the preliminary version of the plan or program, which includes the environmental sustainability report, involves the following actions:
    1. Making it available to the public.
    2. Consulting the pertinent Public Administrations and the interested public affected, who will have a minimum term of 45 days to examine it and submit observations.
  2. For the purposes of this law, “interested public” will be understood as being:
    1. Any individual or corporate entity meeting any of the requirements laid down in Article 31 of Law 30/1992, of 26 November, of the LRJPAC.
    2. Any non-profit corporate entity that meets the following requirements:
      1. Which states in its articles of incorporation that its corporate purposes are, amongst others, the protection of the environment in general or of any of its elements in particular, and that these purposes might be affected by the plan or program in question.
      2. That it has been legally established for a minimum of two years and has been actively performing the activities required to attain the purposes set forth in its articles of incorporation.
      3. The Local Bodies consulted will be able to incorporate an express pronouncement regarding the sustainability of the plan or programme.

Likewise, should you wish to submit any questions or comments regarding the assessment process, you may do so at the following e-mail address participacion.publica at chsegura.es.

The preliminary drafts of the Special Action Plan alert conditions and potential drought and the Environmental Sustainability Report are available on this web, as well as the allegations that have been raised.

In particular, they were submitted by the Agency´s Chairman's office, to the members of the Governing body, its Permanent commission, and the members of the Water Council, and pertinent allegations were raised.

Once the allegation period expired, the Basin's Water Council was convened for March 12, 2007, for the purpose of submitting the perceptive report included in Art. 27 paragraph 2 of the Law 10/2001 of the National Hydrological.

The Special Plan for alert conditions and potential drought has been approved by theOrdinance MAM/698/2007, of March 21, approving special plans of action in alert conditions and potential drought in the areas covered by the hydrological plans of inter-community basins.