Building resilience to water scarcity in Southern Spain: A case study of rice farming in Doñana protected wetlands

García De Jalón González Del Tánago, Silvestre and Iglesias Picazo, Ana Luisa and Ann Cunningham, Ruth and Pérez Díaz, Juan Ignacio (2014). Building resilience to water scarcity in Southern Spain: A case study of rice farming in Doñana protected wetlands. "Regional Environmental Change", v. 3 (n. 14); pp. 1229-1242. ISSN 1436-3798. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-013-0569-5.

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Title: Building resilience to water scarcity in Southern Spain: A case study of rice farming in Doñana protected wetlands
Author/s:
  • García De Jalón González Del Tánago, Silvestre
  • Iglesias Picazo, Ana Luisa
  • Ann Cunningham, Ruth
  • Pérez Díaz, Juan Ignacio
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Regional Environmental Change
Date: June 2014
ISSN: 1436-3798
Volume: 3
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Agrónomos (UPM) [antigua denominación]
Department: Economía Agraria, Estadística y Gestión de Empresas
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Agricultural water management needs to evolve in view of increased water scarcity, especially when farming and natural protected areas are closely linked. In the study site of Don?ana (southern Spain), water is shared by rice producers and a world heritage biodiversity ecosystem. Our aim is to contribute to defining adaptation strategies that may build resilience to increasing water scarcity and minimize water conflicts among agricultural and natural systems. The analytical framework links a participatory process with quantitative methods to prioritize the adaptation options. Bottom-up proposed adaptation measures are evaluated by a multi-criteria analysis (MCA) that includes both socioeconomic criteria and criteria of the ecosystem services affected by the adaptation options. Criteria weights are estimated by three different methods?analytic hierarchy process, Likert scale and equal weights?that are then compared. Finally, scores from an MCA are input into an optimization model used to determine the optimal land-use distribution in order to maximize utility and land-use diversification according to different scenarios of funds and water availability. While our results show a spectrum of perceptions of priorities among stakeholders, there is one overriding theme that is to define a way to restore part of the rice fields to natural wetlands. These results hold true under the current climate scenario and evenmore so under an increased water scarcity scenario.

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Item ID: 35606
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/35606/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:35606
DOI: 10.1007/s10113-013-0569-5
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-013-0569-5
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 15 Jul 2015 14:07
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 10:05
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