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Groundwater use in Spain: an overview in light of the EU Water Framework Directive



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Stefano, Lucía De and Fornés, Juan María and López Geta, José Antonio and Villarroya, Fermín (2015) Groundwater use in Spain: an overview in light of the EU Water Framework Directive. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 31 (4). pp. 640-656. ISSN Issn90-0627 ; Essn: 1360-0648

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2014.938260


In semi-arid regions, aquifers provide a series of practical advantages that make them preferential sources of water supply. In Spain, groundwater meets about one-fifth of the total water demand and is used to irrigate over one-third of the total irrigated land. This article examines groundwater use in Spain from the perspective of the EU Water Framework Directive. Analysis of different sector uses suggests that core problems (and solutions) related to groundwater lie in agricultural uses and that the Directive's environmental requirements remain distant from reality on the ground, where economic, political and social reasons prevail on legal obligations set by national and supranational authorities.
Keywords:: groundwater management, Water Framework Directive, irrigation, domestic supply, pollution, unauthorized use, Spain

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Groundwater management, Water Framework Directive, Irrigation, Domestic supply, Pollution, Unauthorized use, Spain
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Hidrology
ID Code:59569
Deposited On:17 Mar 2020 19:13
Last Modified:17 Mar 2020 19:13

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