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Title: The end of scarcity? Water desalination as the new cornucopia for Mediterranean Spain
Author: March Corbella, Hug  
Saurí, David
Rico-Amorós, Antonio
Keywords: desalination
AGUA Program
urban growth
alternative water resources
drought
Mediterranean Spain
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Series/Report no.: Journal of Hydrology:en premsa, 2014
Abstract: In this paper we explore the new orientation taken by Spanish water policy since the beginning of the 21st century and very specifically the shift towards desalination as an alternative to other water supply options such as river regulation or inter-basin water transfers. Desalination has been seen as the cure for everything that dams and inter-basin water transfers were unable to solve, including droughts, scarcities, social conflicts, environmental impacts, and political rivalries among the different Spanish regions. Desalination also means a new and powerful element in water planning and management that could provide water for the continuous expansion of the urban and tourist growth machine in Mediterranean Spain and thus relax possible water constraints on this growth. However, by 2012 most new desalination plants along the Mediterranean coast remained almost idle. Focusing on the case of the Mancomunidad de Canales del Taibillla in South-eastern Spain, our aim is to develop a critical, integrated and reflexive perspective on the use of desalination as a source of water for urban and regional growth.
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/31901
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