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A New Model-Based Approach for the Evaluation of the Net Contribution of the European Union Rural Development Program to the Reduction of Water Abstractions in Agriculture

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  • Konstantinos X. Soulis

    () (Department of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens, 11855 Athens, Greece)

  • Emmanouil Psomiadis

    () (Department of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens, 11855 Athens, Greece)

  • Paraskevi Londra

    () (Department of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens, 11855 Athens, Greece)

  • Dimitris Skuras

    () (Department of Economics, University of Patras, 26504 Patra, Greece)

Abstract

Agriculture is an essential driving force in water resources management and has a central role in the European Union’s Rural Development Programme (RDP). In this study, the solution developed addresses countries characterised by relatively small farms, vast spatial and temporal variability and severe data scarcity. The proposed model-based approach is directly relevant to the evaluation of agricultural policies affecting water abstraction based on multisource data. The evaluation process utilises an entirely spatially distributed, continuous hydrological model. The model provides a gridded output of the main hydrological balance components, as well as vegetation water deficit and irrigation water requirements, on a daily temporal step on a country scale. It provides information at the farm level and facilitates the estimation of water abstractions in agriculture, taking into consideration all the pertinent information included in the Integrated Administration and Control System database that is maintained by RDPs in Europe. Remote sensing data also are used to validate crop patterns. The obtained results were analysed to estimate the net effect of the RDP to the reduction of water abstractions in agriculture. This work produces valuable information concerning the evaluation of agricultural policies and the assessment of land use, and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.

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  • Konstantinos X. Soulis & Emmanouil Psomiadis & Paraskevi Londra & Dimitris Skuras, 2020. "A New Model-Based Approach for the Evaluation of the Net Contribution of the European Union Rural Development Program to the Reduction of Water Abstractions in Agriculture," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(17), pages 1-25, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:12:y:2020:i:17:p:7137-:d:407323
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    Keywords

    water resources management; hydrological model; GIS; rural development policy; irrigation; water abstractions;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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