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Climate change and water management in the Ebro Basin (Global Water Forum)

The pressure on water resources has been mounting worldwide with water scarcity becoming a widespread problem in most arid and semiarid regions around the world. Global water extractions have increased from 600 to 3,900 km3 in the last century, which is almost twice the rate of population growth.

Both water scarcity and water quality problems result from the intensive growth of population and income. This degradation of water resources has resulted in 35 percent of the world population living under severe water scarcity. Furthermore, about 65 percent of global river flows and aquatic ecosystems are under moderate to high threats of degradation.

Mohamed Taher Kahil & Dr. Jose Albiac, Department of Agricultural Economics, CITA, Zaragoza, Spain

 

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