Water transfers between agricultural and urban users in the region of Valencia (Spain). A case of weak governance?

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Title: Water transfers between agricultural and urban users in the region of Valencia (Spain). A case of weak governance?
Authors: Sanchis-Ibor, Carles | García-Mollá, Marta | Torregrosa, Teresa | Ortega-Reig, Mar | Sevilla-Jiménez, Martín
Research Group/s: Recursos Hídricos y Desarrollo Sostenible | Economía del Turismo, Recursos Naturales y Nuevas Tecnologías (INNATUR)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Económico Aplicado
Keywords: Water exchanges | Water rights | Inter-basin transfers | Irrigation | Water supply | Water commodification
Knowledge Area: Economía Aplicada
Issue Date: Aug-2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Water Security. 2019, 7: 100030. doi:10.1016/j.wasec.2019.100030
Abstract: This paper analyses recent experiences of water transfers between rural and urban areas in Mediterranean Spain (Valencia Region) to assess the validity and sustainability of these procedures, and their fairness and consistency with the spirit of the current legal water framework. In order to investigate the transfer mechanisms, three case studies were selected. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with urban and agricultural users’ representatives, who provided administrative documents regarding water exchanges. Additional information was obtained through two participatory workshops with irrigators. The water transfer cases analyzed in the Valencia Region demonstrate a significant success in practical terms, solving contextual or local water crises, providing flexible mechanisms to adapt to a growing urban demand, or to find temporary agreements during periods of water scarcity. However, the cases also highlight significant problems within the water resources system, such as poor transparency and a governance framework that fails to include a number of affected stakeholders. Furthermore, in these cases the integrity of water resources systems has not been managed, resulting in unequal distribution of burdens and benefits.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/91594
ISSN: 2468-3124
DOI: 10.1016/j.wasec.2019.100030
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2019 Elsevier B.V.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasec.2019.100030
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