• Carles Sanchis-IborEmail author
  • François Molle
Part of the Global Issues in Water Policy book series (GLOB, volume 22)


This chapter presents an introductory description of political, technological and institutional change in the field of irrigated agriculture in the Mediterranean area. After a brief description of the main characteristics of irrigation in this world region, the chapter introduces the eight national chapters: the cases of Tunisia and Morocco in the Maghreb; Spain, France and Italy in the European Union; and Turkey, Israel and Egypt on the oriental shores of the Mediterranean Sea.


Irrigation institutions Irrigation technologies Water policies Water management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Valencian Centre for Irrigation Studies (CVER)Universitat Politècnica de ValènciaValènciaSpain
  2. 2.UMR-Geau, Institute of Research for Development (IRD)University of MontpellierMontpellierFrance

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