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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Doñana National Park is a World Heritage Site in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. It is a wildlife refuge on the right bank of the Guadalquivir River, at its estuary on the Atlantic Ocean.

Doñana National Park covers 543 sq km. It comprises lagoons, marshlands, fixed and mobile dunes, scrub woodland and maquis. The area is a sanctuary for wild animals, among them European and African migratory birds, deer, wild boar, the European badger, Egyptian mongoose and also endangered animals such as the Spanish Imperial Eagle and the Iberian Lynx.


Cormorants at Doñana National Park, Spain
Cormorants at Doñana National Park, Spain
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Doñana National Park faces a myriad of issues including human encroachment, mining and agricultural pollution. The annual Romería de El Rocío pilgrimage, which draws a million pilgrims, may have a negative impact of the park's fragile ecology. Strawberry farms sites surrounding the park are also a cause of concern, as they create considerable pesticide pollution and plastic waste.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Doñana National Park was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 18th session of the World Heritage Committee in Phuket, Thailand, on 12 - 17 December, 1994.

Location: N36 56 51.72 W6 21 31.9 in the Provinces of Huelva and Sevilla, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia.
Inscription Year: 1994
Type: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, IX, X
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