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  • Leonardo Costa

    () (Faculdade de Economia e Gestão - Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto)

  • Josep Vergés

    (Societat Catalana d’Economia, Institut d’Estudis Catalans)

  • Bernard Barraqué

    (LATTS (ENPC-UMLV), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


In 1998, Portugal and Spain signed, at Albufeira, a Convention to regulate access to their common rivers. Most of them have their upstream basins in Spain and flow into Portugal. A growing water demand in Spain had much reduced their flows into Portugal. The Portuguese priority in the Convention was to assure stream flows for the Alqueva dam, located on the Guadiana River. This paper discusses the functioning of the Albufeira Convention and makes proposals for its revision. The bilateral Commission has hardly operated. In 2005, the exceptional dry year regime has been activated by Spain only on the Duero/Douro River. The Water Framework Directive, the Berlin Rules, Water Markets and the Catalan Voting Rules might help to a revised Convention aiming at better protecting the common rivers.

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  • Leonardo Costa & Josep Vergés & Bernard Barraqué, 2008. "SHAPING a NEW LUSO SPANISH CONVENTION," Working Papers de Economia (Economics Working Papers) 082008, Católica Porto Business School, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
  • Handle: RePEc:cap:wpaper:082008

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    Albufeira Convention; Water Framework Directive; Berlin Rules; Water Markets; Catalan Voting Rules;

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