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Ss9 Water Footprint Assessment As A Tool For Water Planning

Author(s): SS9: Water Footprint Assessment: A new frontier in water resource management, Water Footprint Network
Congress: 2015
Author(s): Maite M. Aldaya Daniel Chico, Lucia De Stefano, Alberto Garrido, M. Ramón Llamas, Elena Lopez-Gunn, Pedro Martínez Santos, Barbara Willaarts
Maite M. Aldaya
Daniel Chico, Lucia De Stefano, Alberto Garrido, M. Ramón Llamas,
Elena Lopez-Gunn, Pedro Martínez Santos, Barbara Willaarts
Water Observatory – Botín Foundation
Complutense University of Madrid
CEIGRAM

Oral:
Abstract

Content

  • Water footprint into policy
  • Water footprint of Spain
  • Water footprint in the Spanish basin plans
  • General framework
  • Water economic productivity
  • The role of virtual water trade
  • Guadalquivir river basin
  • The textile sector

Conclusions

The Spanish experience shows:
  1. The world􄇻s water problems are mainly due to bad governance, not to physical water scarcity.
  2. The use of the IWRM, with its pros and cons, may be useful to foster good decision making.
  3. Valuable tools for a more effective IWRM include water accounting, virtual water (food) trade, water footprint, evaluation of the natural and social capital, ethical issues and transparency.
  4. Water reallocation is needed for releasing current pressure on the environment and for new uses.
  5. Need to find formulas that make reallocation acceptable for all the parties.
  6. Transparency and accountability in decisions and public spending 
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