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Envisioning innovative groundwater regulation policies through scenario workshops in France and Portugal


  • Jean-Daniel Rinaudo

    () (BRGM - Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM))

  • Marielle Montginoul

    () (SGNO - Services généraux - IRSTEA - Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l'environnement et l'agriculture)

  • Marta Varanda

    (ICS - ICS - University of Lisbon)

  • Sofia Bento

    (ISEG - ISEG - Technical University of Lisbon)


Groundwater management policies will need to be revised in many Mediterranean countries, in light of the impact of climate change and the increasing demand for water. In this paper, we analyze stakeholder perceptions of three groundwater policy scenarios which respectively assume a strengthening of state intervention, the introduction of market regulation mechanisms, and the transfer of regulation responsibility to farmers. The method consists of organizing scenario workshops with experts, institutional representatives, and farmers. It is applied in two case studies in France and Portugal. From a methodological viewpoint, the research demonstrates the farmers' ability to contribute to an exploratory assessment of possible future water management scenarios. From a policy viewpoint it clarifies expectations concerning State intervention and self-regulation by farmers. It also provides some insights regarding the acceptability of tradable groundwater permits in two European contexts.

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  • Jean-Daniel Rinaudo & Marielle Montginoul & Marta Varanda & Sofia Bento, 2012. "Envisioning innovative groundwater regulation policies through scenario workshops in France and Portugal," Post-Print hal-00658994, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00658994
    DOI: 10.1002/ird.1661
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    1. Tibor Y. Stigter & Marta Varanda & Sofia Bento & João Pedro Nunes & Rui Hugman, 2017. "Combined Assessment of Climate Change and Socio-Economic Development as Drivers of Freshwater Availability in the South of Portugal," Water Resources Management: An International Journal, Published for the European Water Resources Association (EWRA), Springer;European Water Resources Association (EWRA), vol. 31(2), pages 609-628, January.
    2. Rinaudo, Jean-Daniel & Maton, Laure & Terrason, Isabelle & Chazot, Sébastien & Richard-Ferroudji, Audrey & Caballero, Yvan, 2013. "Combining scenario workshops with modeling to assess future irrigation water demands," Agricultural Water Management, Elsevier, vol. 130(C), pages 103-112.
    3. Richard-Ferroudji Audrey & Nicolas Faysse & Zhour Bouzidi & Menon Ragunath & Jean-Daniel Rinaudo, 2016. "Proposal COSUST Special Issue « Co-designing Research on Social Transformations to Sustainability » Title: The DIALAQ project on sustainable groundwater management: a transdisciplinary and transcultur," Post-Print hal-01378517, HAL.
    4. Figureau, A.-G. & Montginoul, M. & Rinaudo, J.-D., 2015. "Policy instruments for decentralized management of agricultural groundwater abstraction: A participatory evaluation," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 119(C), pages 147-157.

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    scenario workshops; Climate change; groundwater management; water markets; self-regulation; France; Portugal; scenario workshops.;

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