Water and Agriculture Sustainability, Markets and Policies: Chapter 12. The Spanish Programme of Improvement and Modernisation of Traditional Irrigation Systems
Source: SourceOECD Environment & Sustainable Development, Volume 2006, Number 17, October 2006 , pp. 332-342(11)
Abstract:The need for the improvement and modernisation of Spanish irrigated areas is easily understood when some of their technical characteristics are taken into account. One of them gives a good idea of the problem: one third of the Spanish irrigated area is more than a century old. The improvement and modernisation programme attempts to correct this situation, which burdens the competitiveness of the irrigated agriculture and causes environmental concerns, and this programme aims to upgrade irrigation schemes and increase the irrigation efficiency up to 70%. Other objectives are water savings, upgrading technologies, decreasing diffuse pollution, improving farmers' quality of life ... To carry out such a programme, a great effort of co-ordination and co-operation among public administrations and stakeholders has been expended. This effort has led to a high state of implementation at present.
Document Type: Review article
Publication date: 2006-10-01