Special Issue "Social Learning on Desalinated and Reclaimed Water for Irrigation and Urban Tourism Demand"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Antonio M. Rico Amorós
Guest Editor
Instituto Interuniversitario de Geografía, Universidad de Alicante, 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain
Interests: water management; water consumption; non-conventional water resources; irrigation; urban tourism planning; natural risks
Dr. Sandra Ricart
Guest Editor
Instituto Interuniversitario de Geografía, Universidad de Alicante, 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain
Interests: water governance; social learning; irrigation; sustainability; climate change; unconventional water resources

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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)?
Prof. Dr. Antonio M. Rico Amorós
Dr. Sandra Ricart
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • desalination
  • wastewater
  • irrigation
  • urban tourism
  • management
  • social learning
  • behavior and attitudes
  • environmental and health risks
  • sustainable development goals
  • circular economy
  • climate change

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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