Labour relations and groundwater metabolism
Spain’s Doñana National Park is a World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s most important nature preserves and bird habitats. The region is also one of the largest areas of strawberry cultivation worldwide. However, intensive farming is affecting the reproduction of this significant wetland system. The EU-funded ORIGINSOFSCARCITY project will study the interaction between aquifer depletion and mass farming in the Doñana wetlands by exploring the impact of intensive export-oriented agriculture on ecosystems. The project will target labour as a key issue where employment and groundwater conservation conflict. It will address the metabolism of water extractivism and shed new light on the resilience of growth imperatives and their environmental impacts by considering agricultural labour relations as environmental processes.