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Drying Wells, Rising Stakes

Towards Sustainable Agricultural Groundwater Use

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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.

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What policy instruments help to manage agricultural groundwater use sustainably?

This chapter provides a normative analysis of agricultural groundwater management policies. Through an economic lens, it reviews the rationale for groundwater public policies and management, and discusses the advantages and drawbacks of the main instruments used to manage groundwater in agriculture.

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