Social Learning on Desalinated and Reclaimed Water for Irrigation and Urban Tourism Demand
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021) | Viewed by 11573
Interests: water management; water consumption; non-conventional water resources; irrigation; urban tourism planning; natural risks
Interests: water governance; socioecological systems; nonconventional water resources; climate change adaptation
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Desalinated and wastewater are expected to play a key role in narrowing the water demand–supply gap, especially for addressing irrigation or to guarantee urban tourist supplies in areas vulnerable to climate change and with drought risks. Both sources are limited by different key barriers: 1) their management is more complex than the management of freshwater, 2) their cost is more expensive than the cost of conventional resources due to conveyance, storage, and distribution in a dedicated network, 3) their use is conditioned by food production regulation and trade barriers, and 4) they are perceived as being risky and expensive rather than beneficial. Addressing the last barrier is not solely related to technical issues, but to social and behavioral issues. This Special Issue aims to provide a learning platform about how reuse and desalinated water are perceived by both farmers (producers) and the public (as citizens and/or tourists). Within this context, we would like to invite you to submit original research with case studies and review articles to disseminate the new findings on expertise, preconceived and prejudiced beliefs, fears, attitudes, lack of knowledge, and yuck factor as they relate to desalinated and wastewater resources. Three main research questions may be addressed in this Special Issue:
- What are the main factors able to explain the acceptance or rejection of desalinated and wastewater resources for irrigation and urban tourism use compared to the use of conventional water resources?
- How are desalinated and wastewater resources managed, and which types of measures have been promoted to overcome current and potential barriers and risks?
- What main pros and cons have been observed when comparing the use of traditional and unconventional resources in the same activity? Has the choice been motivated by issues related to climate change (water scarcity, droughts), sustainability goals (water efficiency, water pollution), or circular economy (water costs, water reuse)?
Dr. Sandra Ricart
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- urban tourism
- social learning
- behavior and attitudes
- environmental and health risks
- sustainable development goals
- circular economy
- climate change