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  • Alberto Garrido
  • M. Ramón Llamas
  • Consuelo Varela-Ortega
  • Paula Novo
  • Roberto Rodríguez-Casado
  • Maite M. Aldaya
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Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 35)

Abstract

In most arid and semi-arid countries, water resource management is an issue that is both important and controversial. Most water resources experts now acknowledge that water conflicts are not caused by physical scarcity but are mainly due to poor water management (Rosegrant et al. 2002; Benoit and Comeau 2005; Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture 2007; Garrido and Dinar 2010, among others). The scientific and technological advances of the past 50 years have led to new ways to solve many water-related conflicts, often with tools that seemed unthinkable a few decades ago (Llamas 2005; Lopez-Gunn and Llamas 2008). This study deals with the estimation and analysis of Spain’s water footprint, both from a hydrological and economic perspective. Its ultimate objective is to report on the allocative efficiency of water and economic resources. This analysis can provide a transparent and multidisciplinary framework for informing and optimising water policy decisions, contributing at the same time to the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) (2000/60/EC). It also responds to the current mandate of the Spanish Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, which recently issued instructions for drafting river basin management plans in compliance with the EU Water Framework Directive, with a deadline of end of year 2009 and then every 6 years (BOE 2008).

Keywords

Water Framework Directive Water Footprint Virtual Water Blue Water Water Conflict 
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© La Fundación Marcelino Botín-Sanz de Sautuola y López 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberto Garrido
    • 1
  • M. Ramón Llamas
    • 2
  • Consuelo Varela-Ortega
    • 1
  • Paula Novo
    • 1
  • Roberto Rodríguez-Casado
    • 1
  • Maite M. Aldaya
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Economic and Social SciencesTechnical University of Madrid (UPM)MadridSpain
  2. 2.Universidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  3. 3.University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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