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Sustainability of European Irrigated Agriculture under Water Framework Directive and Agenda 2000, WADI: EVK1-CT-2000-00057

Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV


This book summarises the European research project WADI, which has focussed on how agricultural economics and decision theory can be applied to European irrigated agriculture, which is currently at a normative crossroads. The WADI project has involved ten institutions which have utilised a common methodology to study the sustainability of irrigated agriculture in Europe in the context of post-Agenda 2000 CAR reform and the Framework Directive on Water.
The consortium has also applied this common methodology, which is based on multicriteria analysis of farming systems, to a wide range of irrigated systems all over Europe. Another important methodological innovation of WADI is the integration of sustainability integrators for analysis of the impact of alternative policy scenarios in farming systems. The results show that the evolution of crop mixtures over time is highly dependent on the political environment that results from the Common Agricultural Policy and the application of the Water Framework Directive. A further conclusion is that there are important differences between the irrigated systems of individual European countries. This suggests that there is a need for an in-depth analysis of local conditions and the impact of the European normative framework.

Additional information

Authors: VECINO J B, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);GUTIÉRREZ MARTÍN C (Editors), European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21220 EN (2004), 228pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-21220-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-8005-x
Record Number: 200618520 / Last updated on: 2006-03-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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