Re-thinking water policy priorities in the Mediterranean region inview of climate change

Iglesias Picazo, Ana and Garrote de Marcos, Luis and Diz, Agustin and Schlickenrieder, Jeremy and Martín Carrasco, Francisco Javier (2011). Re-thinking water policy priorities in the Mediterranean region inview of climate change. "Environmental Science & Policy", v. 14 (n. 7); pp. 744-757. ISSN 1462-9011. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2011.02.007.

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Title: Re-thinking water policy priorities in the Mediterranean region inview of climate change
Author/s:
  • Iglesias Picazo, Ana
  • Garrote de Marcos, Luis
  • Diz, Agustin
  • Schlickenrieder, Jeremy
  • Martín Carrasco, Francisco Javier
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Environmental Science & Policy
Date: November 2011
Volume: 14
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Mediterranean; Climate change; Water policy; Adaptation and assessment
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Hidráulica y Energética [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Water is scarce in Mediterranean countries: cities are crowded with increasing demand; food is produced with large amounts of water; ecosystems demand more water that is often available; drought affects all. As climate change impacts become more noticeable and costlier, some current water management strategies will not be useful. According to the findings of CIRCE, the areas with limited water resources will increase in the coming decades with major consequences for the way we produce food and we protect ecosystems. Based on these projections this paper discusses water policy priorities for climate change adaptation in the Mediterranean. We first summarise the main challenges to water resources in Mediterranean countries and outline the risks and opportunities for water under climate change based on previous studies. Recognising the difficulty to go from precipitation to water policy, we then present a framework to evaluate water availability in response to natural and management conditions, with an example of application in the Ebro basin that exemplifies other Mediterranean areas. Then we evaluate adaptive capacity to understand the ability of Mediterranean countries to face, respond and recover from climate change impacts on water resources. Social and economic factors are key drivers of inequality in the adaptive capacity across the region. Based on the assessment of impacts and adaptive capacity we suggest thresholds for water policy to respond to climate change and link water scarcity indicators to relevant potential adaptation strategies. Our results suggest the need to further prioritise socially and economically sensitive policies

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Item ID: 7151
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/7151/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:7151
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2011.02.007
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14629011
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 30 Sep 2011 07:24
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 16:19
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