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Towards Sustainable Agricultural Groundwater Use

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Published on September 28, 2015

Also available in: French


Groundwater has provided great benefits to agriculture irrigation in semi-arid OECD countries, but its intensive use beyond recharge in certain regions has depleted resources and generated significant negative environmental externalities. The report provides a characterisation of the diversity of groundwater systems, reviews policies in OECD countries, and proposes a package of recommendations to ensure that groundwater can sustain its services to agriculture and contribute to climate change adaptation.


Executive summary
The worrisome trends in groundwater irrigation expansion
Understanding agricultural groundwater systems and challenges
What policy instruments help to manage agricultural groundwater use sustainably?
What agricultural groundwater policies exist in OECD countries?
Towards adaptive groundwater management in agriculture
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