Water Footprint and Virtual Water Trade in Spain

Policy Implications

  • Alberto Garrido
  • M. Ramón Llamas
  • Consuelo Varela-Ortega
  • Paula Novo
  • Roberto Rodríguez-Casado
  • Maite M. Aldaya

Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 35)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Alberto Garrido, M. Ramón Llamas, Consuelo Varela-Ortega, Paula Novo, Roberto Rodríguez-Casado, Maite M. Aldaya
    Pages 1-5
  3. Alberto Garrido, M. Ramón Llamas, Consuelo Varela-Ortega, Paula Novo, Roberto Rodríguez-Casado, Maite M. Aldaya
    Pages 7-16
  4. Alberto Garrido, M. Ramón Llamas, Consuelo Varela-Ortega, Paula Novo, Roberto Rodríguez-Casado, Maite M. Aldaya
    Pages 17-36
  5. Alberto Garrido, M. Ramón Llamas, Consuelo Varela-Ortega, Paula Novo, Roberto Rodríguez-Casado, Maite M. Aldaya
    Pages 37-39
  6. Alberto Garrido, M. Ramón Llamas, Consuelo Varela-Ortega, Paula Novo, Roberto Rodríguez-Casado, Maite M. Aldaya
    Pages 41-76
  7. Alberto Garrido, M. Ramón Llamas, Consuelo Varela-Ortega, Paula Novo, Roberto Rodríguez-Casado, Maite M. Aldaya
    Pages 77-94
  8. Alberto Garrido, M. Ramón Llamas, Consuelo Varela-Ortega, Paula Novo, Roberto Rodríguez-Casado, Maite M. Aldaya
    Pages 95-123
  9. Alberto Garrido, M. Ramón Llamas, Consuelo Varela-Ortega, Paula Novo, Roberto Rodríguez-Casado, Maite M. Aldaya
    Pages 125-136
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 137-153

About this book

Introduction

The evaluation of the water footprint and virtual water trade has become a promising means to evaluate the sustainability of a country’s water resources. This book is based on the research and results of a thorough study carried out for Spain, which serves as a leading case for a semi-arid country. The objective of this study was to assess and analyze Spain’s virtual water use and water footprint, differentiating the green and blue (surface and groundwater) components, both from a hydrological and economic perspective. This contributes to the water footprint and virtual water literature in several ways. By evaluating both water footprint and virtual water over time and at the provincial scale, the analysis allows for policy-relevant conclusions at the river basin level. By separating green and blue water components, and evaluating all crops at the provincial level, the study enables a finer analysis of how water footprint and virtual water vary during droughts and water shortages. The linkage between commodities trade and water scarcity was explored to determine the extent to which virtual water trade has the potential to deal with water-stressed periods. The analysis contained in this study includes both market and non-market dimensions and will appeal to researchers in both resource economics and hydrology as well as policy-makers concerned with water-related issues.

Keywords

Arid Countries Hydrology Spain Virtual Water Water Footprint Water Resources groundwater

Authors and affiliations

  • Alberto Garrido
    • 1
  • M. Ramón Llamas
    • 2
  • Consuelo Varela-Ortega
    • 3
  • Paula Novo
    • 4
  • Roberto Rodríguez-Casado
    • 5
  • Maite M. Aldaya
    • 6
  1. 1.Technical University of Madrid (UPM)MadridSpain
  2. 2.Universidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  3. 3.Technical University of MadridMadridSpain
  4. 4.Technical University of Madrid (UPM)MadridSpain
  5. 5.Technical University of Madrid (UPM)MadridSpain
  6. 6.University of TwenteEnschedeNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5741-2
  • Copyright Information La Fundación Marcelino Botín-Sanz de Sautuola y López 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-5740-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-5741-2
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