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Analyzing Andalusian virtual water trade in an input-output framework

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Dietzenbacher, Erik; Velázquez, Esther

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Abstract Andalusian agricultural sectors are relatively small, but account for 90% of the annual water consumption. More than 50% of the agricultural final demands is exported to other Spanish regions or abroad. Using the concept of virtual water within an input-output framework, we find that a substantial part of the Andalusian water consumption is embodied in its exports. Considering the virtual water content of its trade, Andalusia is a net exporter of water. Examining regional policy aspects, a reduction in the exports abroad of agricultural products yields considerable benefits in terms of water savings while the negative effects are only moderate.
Classification Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 251-262
Journal Regional Studies, 41 (2007) 2
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)