The Evolution of the Water Regime in Spain

  • Meritxell Costejà
  • Nuria Font
  • Anna Rigol
  • Joan Subirats
Part of the Environment & Policy book series (ENPO, volume 40)

Abstract

The Spanish water regime was shaped in the late 19th century with the adoption of a regulatory framework that was coherent with the political, economic and social context at that time. However, while this regulatory framework remained almost unaltered until the mid eighties, the increase of the number and type of uses of water during the 20th century led the regime towards a high degree of complexity. By analysing the evolution of the regime over the last 130 years, the main concern of this chapter is to assess the extent to which the water regime is currently moving towards more integrated schemes. The underlying hypothesis is that, while there have been some attempts to introduce integrated approaches to the water regime of adopting new regulation and policies since the eighties, integration has to a large extent been frustrated due to a series of interrelated factors: policy inertia, intense territorial and social confrontations over the resource, and water scarcity as a factor leading to supply-oriented policies. The chapter is divided into five sections. The first one briefly describes the political and administrative structure of the Spanish water regime. Section two describes the general landscape of water resources and uses. The third section extensively analyses the evolution of both property rights and policy design on water. Finally, section five closes the chapter with some concluding remarks assessing the extent to which Spanish water regime moves towards integrated approaches.

Keywords

Economic Crisis Europe Coherence Assure Sewage 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meritxell Costejà
    • 1
  • Nuria Font
    • 1
  • Anna Rigol
    • 1
  • Joan Subirats
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitat Autònoma de BarcelonaSpain

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