Measuring environmental damage compensation under the Environmental Liability Directive: Lessons learned from the Aznalcóllar-Doñana case

Julia Martín-Ortega, Roy Brouwer, Harry Aiking


The Aznalcóllar mine tailings spill near the Doñana Park (Spain), taking place in 1998, is analyzed in the context of the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD). The ELD imposes liability on operators of risky activities for environmental damage, including the compensation for interim losses. The aim of this study is to analyze the role of economic valuation in the measurement of the compensation in the context of the ELD and derive some lessons for future applications. The results show that the measures carried out after the accident (Green Corridor) did not compensate for the damage at Doñana. This study points out the need of a deeper analysis of non-use values, the control of protest answers and the set up of valuation scenarios specific to the interim losses.


Environmental Liability Directive; Damage compensation; Contingent valuation; Aznalcóllar-Doñana

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Q3, Q5.

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