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Water buybacks to recover depleted aquifers in south-east Spain

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International Journal of Water Resources Development
  • Fecha: 01 January 2018
  • ISSN: 13600648 07900627
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2018.1504756
  • Document Type: Article in Press
  • Publisher: Routledge
© 2018, © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article assesses the economic impact of implementing a public buyback of groundwater rights to eliminate non-renewable pumping in the Murcia Plateau of the Spanish Segura basin, home of some of the most depleted aquifers in Europe. We find that, regardless of the policy instrument applied, stopping non-renewable extraction would severely hit the agricultural sector. The buyback of rights would not prevent this impact but the cost of reducing extraction would be borne by the government instead of farmers, making it a potentially more successful alternative. However, the estimated cost for the public budget is very large and probably unaffordable.

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