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Reports for the Public Administration:
Exploring the feasibility of integrating water issues into the CAPRI model
Research Areas
  • Agriculture,
  • Agricultural economics
Although numerous modelling efforts have integrated food and water considerations at the farm or river basin level, very few agro-economic models are able to jointly assess water and food policies at the global level. The present report explores the feasibility of integrating water considerations into the CAPRI model. First, a literature review of modelling approaches integrating food and water issues has been conducted. Because of their capability to assess the impacts of water and food policies at the global level, three agro-economic models (IMPACT, WATERSIM and GLOBIOM) have been analysed in detail. Second, the potentiality of CAPRI to model water has been assessed. Thanks to the programming approach of its supply module, CAPRI shows a high potentiality to integrate environmental indicators as well as to enter new resource constraints (land potentially irrigated, irrigation water) and input-output relationships. At least in theory, the activity-based approach of the regional programming model in CAPRI allows differentiating between rainfed and irrigated activities. The suggested approach to include water into the CAPRI model involves creating an irrigation module and a water use module. The development of the CAPRI water module will enable to provide scientific assessment on agricultural water use within the EU and to analyze agricultural pressures on water resources. The feasibility of the approach has been tested in a pilot case study including two NUTS 2 regions (Andalucia in Spain and Midi-Pyrenees in France); its choice having been mainly motivated by data availability. Preliminary results are presented, highlighting the interrelations between water and agricultural developments in Europe.
European Commission Joint Research Centre
Entity Nationality
  • Autor: Maria Blanco Fonseca (UPM)
  • Autor: B. Van Doorslaer
  • Autor: W. Britz
  • Autor: H.P. Witzke
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Economía Agraria y Gestión de los Recursos Naturales
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Estudios e Investigación para la Gestión de Riesgos Agrarios Medioambientales (CEIGRAM)
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