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Memorias de investigación
Books:
Water Policy in Spain
Year:2009
Research Areas
  • Agricultural policy
Information
Abstract
Against this turbulent history, this volume aims to offer a self-contained overview of water policy in Spain. This book aspires to bridge a gap that only the work of Maas and Anderson (1978), still a key reference on traditional Spanish water institutions, has partially filled for English readers. Specifically, the book intends to: provide a detailed description of Spanish geographical, climatic, and hydrological features; review the last hundred years of Spanish history to give an understanding of its water policy achievements and failures; identify the major water challenges that Spain needs successful policies to face; based on a detailed analysis, speculate about the country¿s potential to look after its water resources in an integrated manner and rely on demand management to meet its more pressing needs; and, lastly, list the lessons that are potentially applicable to countries and regions evolving similarly. The book¿s structure is intended to offer a comprehensive overview of Spanish geographical and political diversity during four historical periods. The first ends with the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, when the grand water policy lines were traced and detailed, though not developed. The second ends with the death of General Franco in 1975, which paved the way for a political transition that culminated in the Spanish Constitution 1978. The third period came to a gradual close starting in December 2000 with the passing of the WFD and the inception of preparatory works, and ending abruptly after the change of government in the 2004 elections. During the third stage Spain formulated new and innovative policies that never materialized in significant accomplishments. The last and fourth stage began in March 2004 and led to a political agenda, which ¿ being part of the EU WFD¿ is outside direct Spanish influence and for which the country is accountable to the European Commission and other member states. Post-2004 water policies have to be diverse, less centralized and more focused on the environment.
International
Si
Book Edition
1
Book Pulbishing
Routledge Taylor & Francis
ISBN
978-0-415-55411-4
Pages
234
Series
Participants
  • Autor: M. Ramón Llamas
  • Autor: Alberto Garrido Colmenero (UPM)
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)
  • Departamento: Economía y Ciencias Sociales Agrarias
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