The rise and fall of the Ebro water transfer

José Albiac, Michael Hanemann, Javier Calatrava, Javier Uche, Javier Tapia

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This article analyzes the Ebro inter-basin transfer, which was the main project of the Spanish National Hydrological Plan. The Ebro transfer was prompted by pervasive pressures, scarcity, and degradation of southeastern basins in Spain. The heated policy debate on the Ebro transfer highlights the difficulties of achieving a sustainable management of water resources because of the conflicting interests of stakeholders and regions. Alternatives to the Ebro transfer show that acceptable outcomes combine demand and supply measures. Nevertheless, implementation could be difficult, requiring compensation to farmers; otherwise, an excessive burden on farmers would be met by social opposition, leading to the failure of the measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-757
Number of pages31
JournalNatural Resources Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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