Groundwater use in North Africa as a cautionary tale for climate change adaptation

Kuper Marcel, Amichi Hichem, Mayaux Pierre-Louis. 2017. Groundwater use in North Africa as a cautionary tale for climate change adaptation. Water International, 42 (6) : pp. 725-740.

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Quartile : Q2, Sujet : ENGINEERING, CIVIL / Quartile : Q2, Sujet : WATER RESOURCES

Abstract : The recent history of groundwater use in North Africa provides a cautionary tale for climate change adaptation. Even though the short-term threats of groundwater overexploitation are clear, and territorially bounded, and involve comparatively few players, in recent decades, agricultural intensification has consistently increased pressure on the available resources. Groundwater has been governed through a dynamic interplay between formal rules and informal practices that focused more on maintaining fragile socio-political compromises than on ensuring environmental sustainability. If it is to be effective, climate change adaptation will need to muster the sort of political legitimacy that sustainable groundwater management is currently lacking. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Utilisation de l'eau, Gestion des eaux, Irrigation, Eau d'irrigation, Changement climatique, adaptation aux changements climatiques

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique du Nord

Mots-clés libres : Groundwater use, Irrigation, IWRM, Climate change, North Africa

Classification Agris : F06 - Irrigation
P10 - Water resources and management
P40 - Meteorology and climatology

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2014-2018) - Sociétés, natures et territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Kuper Marcel, CIRAD-ES-UMR G-EAU (MAR) ORCID: 0000-0002-1240-0592
  • Amichi Hichem, IRSTEA (FRA)
  • Mayaux Pierre-Louis, CIRAD-ES-UMR G-EAU (MAR)

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