The Jucar River Basin

Albiac Murillo, J.M.S., Kahil, T. ORCID:, & Encarna, E. (2021). The Jucar River Basin. In: Sustainability of Engineered Rivers In Arid Lands: CHallenge and Response. Eds. Schmandt, J., Kibaroglu, A., Buono, R., & Thomas, S., pp. 220-232 Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-41703-7 10.1017/9781108261142.015.

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The Jucar Basin faces the challenge of meeting an enormous demand for irrigation while water quality degrades from urban, industrial, and agricultural pollution. Relying on engineering solutions is not enough. Empirical evidence in Jucar indicates that water markets and institutional policies seem to deal with water scarcity more successfully than water pricing and irrigation subsidies. A first water governance priority is to convince farmers of substituting freshwater for the available urban recycled water. Second, seawater desalination plants must be upgraded so they will work at full capacity. More long-term governance goals are to curtail surface irrigation diversions and groundwater extractions, and reallocating water to urban, industrial, and environmental uses. These reforms will only work if they get the support and cooperation of farmers by compensating them for the reallocation of water from agriculture to other sectors.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jucar; Spain; water governance; closed basin; water technologies; irrigation; droughts; climate change; stakeholders; sustainable management
Research Programs: Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR)
Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) > Water Security (WAT)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2021 11:37
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2022 08:27

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