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Integrating strategies for an efficient water management under uncertainty: empirical evidence in Spain. Options méditerranéennes. Serie B: Studies and Research
Year:2007
Research Areas
  • Agricultural policy,
  • Applied economics
Information
Abstract
Water is a scarce resource unequally distributed in the Mediterranean region where agricultural sector is the main user. In Spain, agriculture uses nearly 80 % of the total available resources and the necessity of increasing irrigation water efficiency becomes the main subject of many debates in national water policies. In this context, the integration between agricultural and water policies becomes essential to achieve an efficient water management. At present, the New Common Agricultural Policy (new CAP Reform, 2003) and the Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000), which constitutes the new policy framework in irrigation water management, are seeking to converge progressively towards mutually compatible objectives. The aim of this paper is to analyse the irrigators¿ response to water pricing policies application following different agricultural policies scenarios and to assess the implementation of the full cost recovery approach (Art.9 of the WFD). To undertake this analysis a mathematical programming model has been built to simulate farmers¿ behaviour following distinct risk aversion to climate as well as market prices variations. Empirical application of the model has been carried out in two different Irrigation Communities which represent the agriculture in Castilla-Leon region in the northern central plateau of Spain. Results show that the application of the EU Water Framework Directive in conjunction with the new CAP reform will be crucial to avoid distortion effects but it would have to be examined carefully, taking into account the necessities of each region and each water district. A similar water pricing policy could have distinct effects on the environment, the private and the public sector in different agricultural policy options linked to the agro-climatic and institutional structure characteristics of each affected region. In particular, attaining cost recovery targets (financial and environmental) could have negative effects on farmers¿ income and might question the viability of some irrigated farming systems in Spain.
International
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JCR
No
Title
Options méditerranéennes. Serie B: Studies and Research
ISBN
2-85352-354
Impact factor JCR
0
Impact info
Volume
3
Journal number
56
From page
45
To page
65
Month
SIN MES
Ranking
Participants
  • Autor: Consuelo Varela Ortega (UPM)
  • Autor: Irene Blanco Gutierrez (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Economía Agraria y Gestión de los Recursos Naturales
  • Departamento: Economía y Ciencias Sociales Agrarias
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