Special Issue "Virtual Water Trade and Water Resources Economics"

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: 15 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Rosa Duarte
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Department of Economic Analysis, Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, Universidad de Zaragoza and Instituto Agroalimentario de Aragón (UNIZAR-CITA), Gran Vía 2, 50005 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: multisectoral modelling, input–output, ecological economics, water economics, structural and tecnological change
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Prof. Vicente Pinilla
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Department of Applied Economics, Universidad de Zaragoza and Instituto Agroalimentario de Aragón (UNIZAR-CITA), Gran Vía 2, 50005 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: economic history, environmental history, agricultural history, wine economics, water economics
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Dr. Ana Serrano
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Department of Economic Analysis, Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, Universidad de Zaragoza and Instituto Agroalimentario de Aragón (UNIZAR-CITA), Gran Vía 2, 50005 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: water economics, environmental history, input–output modelling, economics of natural resources

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last century, globalization has been recognized as a key driver of unprecedented global economic growth. However, the local specialization and competition processes behind the integration of world economies have triggered rising impacts on natural resources, which have been exchanged and “embodied” in international trade flows. This phenomenon entails a clear mismatch between the producer and consumer views and their environmental responsibilities through global supply chains.

Within this context, the virtual water trade aims to reflect the impact of international trade on water resources on the basis of the virtual water  and water footprint  ideas. Given the prevalence of agriculture as the main water consumer in the world, this concept has been mainly applied to agricultural and food products, connecting global trade processes with local and specific pressures on natural resources. Applications of the virtual water trade have shown the unbalances between local water resources and intensive agricultural production oriented to foreign markets as well as the potential opportunity for some arid areas to reduce local water pressures by importing water-intensive products, that is, through virtual water imports.

In recent decades, there has been an important body of literature addressing the measurement of the virtual water trade at different geographical scales and in relation to numerous products.

However, the relationships between water and other closely linked and limiting resources such as land use and quality, irrigation technologies, sun irradiation, temperature and institutional water frameworks provide new challenges for the definition and application of virtual water trade measurement. Moreover, many other fields where the application of the virtual water trade concept could provide important information arise.

This Special Issue aims to bring together recent developments on the virtual water trade from a wide range of perspectives. Both methodological and empirical contributions are welcome, as well as international case studies at different geographical scales and time spans. This includes historical perspectives, theoretical discussions, policy design, micro and macro approaches, footprint analyses, international and regional studies, multiregional and multisectoral approaches, structural decomposition and scenario analysis, among others.

Prof. Rosa Duarte
Prof.  Vicente Pinilla
Dr. Ana Serrano
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Virtual water trade
  • MRIO models
  • Environmental history
  • Water economics
  • Globalization impacts
  • Water footprint

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Living at the Water’s Edge: A World-Wide Econometric Panel Estimation of Arable Water Footprint Drivers
Water 2020, 12(4), 1060; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12041060 - 08 Apr 2020
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As part of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for ensuring clean water and sanitation worldwide by 2030, SDG target 6.4 seeks to attain sustainable withdrawals of freshwater through efficiency gains with a view to relieving water stress in vulnerable populated areas. The water [...] Read more.
As part of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for ensuring clean water and sanitation worldwide by 2030, SDG target 6.4 seeks to attain sustainable withdrawals of freshwater through efficiency gains with a view to relieving water stress in vulnerable populated areas. The water footprint (WF) is a key metric to measure this concept, although the dynamics of the drivers of the WF through space and time remain relatively under-researched, whilst in foresight studies, the WF is often subject to simplistic assumptions. Thus, constructing a panel dataset of 130 countries and 156 crops for the period 2002–2016, this paper empirically assesses the sign and magnitude of WF drivers of agricultural crop activities, employing a careful selection of demographic, economic and climatic drivers. The study uncovers evidence of significant deviations in WF drivers across regions segmented by relative wealth, relating specifically to the stage of economic development and the presence (absence) of economies of scale, whilst we confirm that geographical coordinates have a major bearing on the climatic WF driver. Moreover, examining the temporal dimension, there is compelling evidence supporting a structural break in the role that technical progress exerted on the WF prior to, and in the wake of, the 2008 financial crisis. Full article
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