Spanish lake to get legal personhood as the first ecosystem ever


Southern Europe

Municipal workers clean Los Urrutias beach at the Mar Meno. Photo EPA, Marcial Guillen

The Spanish government is working on a law that would give Mar Menor, a lagoon in South-Eastern Spain, the same legal status as a person. Last week, the Senate looked at the proposal. It will most likely be returned to Congress without any amendments in the coming weeks. The lagoon will be the first ecosystem to receive this status if the law comes into effect.