Spain Wing

Coordinator: Carles IbaƱez - carles.ibanez(at)irta.cat

Ebro Delta (general information)
The Ebro Delta (330 km2) is one of the largest deltas in the western Mediterranean (Catalonia, Spain). Rice fields occupy most of the delta plain (65% of the total surface) and are the main economic activity, while natural habitats cover only about 25% (80 km2) (see figure). These remaining natural habitats are of great environmental value and represent excellent examples of Mediterranean wetland habitats; they are part of the Natura 2000 Network and of the Ebro Delta Natural Park.

Currently the Ebro Delta is undergoing coastal retreat at the river mouth and elevation loss in the delta plain due to sediment deficit coming from the Ebro River. Sediment has been trapped by the construction of an extensive system of dams upriver that retain as much as 99% of the river sediment. The sediment deficit in the river, coupled with land subsidence and accelerated sea level rise, put the Ebro Delta at major risk for flooding, salt intrusion, and coastal erosion.

Information on activities carried out by the members of the Delta Alliance Ebro Wing can be found at:

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