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Water 2015, 7(12), 6689-6701; doi:10.3390/w7126655

Drought Management Strategies in Spain

Department of Geography, History and Philosophy, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville ES-41013, Spain
Academic Editor: Athanasios Loukas
Received: 5 August 2015 / Revised: 11 November 2015 / Accepted: 19 November 2015 / Published: 26 November 2015
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Abstract

The ongoing debate on water policies in Spain is characterised by a traditional paradigm, dominated by the intervention on hydrological systems through the construction and management of infrastructure, which is progressively being abandoned but is currently still strong while the emergence of new management approaches. Climate change and the Water Framework Directive (WFD) are, in addition, the background to increasing challenges to traditional perspectives on drought, and important steps have been taken towards their replacement. This work analyzes the evolution of the normative structure and management models to identify recent shifts. The analysis is based on a fundamental conceptual change that places drought in the framework of risk, rather than that of crisis. I argue for the need to advance new prevention policies that can finally overcome productivist inertia and undertake essential tasks such as reallocating water flows, revising and controlling the water-concession system, and reinforcing and guaranteeing public participation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Water Framework Directive; water policies; risk; drought Water Framework Directive; water policies; risk; drought
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Paneque, P. Drought Management Strategies in Spain. Water 2015, 7, 6689-6701.

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