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Assessing agriculture-water relationships: a Pan-European multidimensional modelling approach

Maria Blanco, Benjamin Van Doorslaer and Wolfgang Britz

No 126031, 126th Seminar, June 27-29, 2012, Capri, Italy from European Association of Agricultural Economists

Abstract: Irrigation water use by agriculture has been identified as one of the major sustainable water management issues in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). This paper aims at developing a simulation framework to jointly assess agricultural and water issues. While the strong linkages between water, food, and the environment call for an integrated and multidisciplinary modelling approach, a complete and consistent modelling system to evaluate food-water relationships in Europe was missing so far. The spatial economic simulation model for agriculture CAPRI, which comprises a set of environmental indicators to assess food-environment interrelations within European regions, has been extended to account for food-water links. This modelling framework enables simulating the potential impact of climate change and water availability on agricultural production at the EU regional level, as well as looking at the sustainable use of water, the implementation of water policies or the integration of water issues in the Common Agricultural Policy.

Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; Environmental Economics and Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 15
Date: 2012-06
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.126031

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