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Coping with Drought Risk in Agriculture and Water Supply Systems

Drought Management and Policy Development in the Mediterranean

Iglesias, A., Garrote, L., Cancelliere, A., Cubillo, F., Wilhite, D.A. (Eds.)

2009, XVII, 320 p. With online files/update.

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  • Addresses the growing issue of drought preparedness planning, monitoring, and mitigation which has worldwide application
  • The methodologies and lessons learned are focused on a specific, drought-prone region so the applications have more significance
  • The Mediterranean region is one that has been identified as experiencing significant changes in climate as a result of climate change. Preparing for climatic extremes (i.e., managing climate variability) is an important first step in preparing for climate change
  • The Mediterranean region exemplifies many other drought-prone regions with rapidly expanding populations that are placing increased pressure on already limited water supplies

Today drought causes severe social problems and receives broad attention from the international scientific and policy communities. Drought management in the Mediterranean region exemplifies many other drought-prone regions with rapidly expanding populations that are placing increased pressure on already limited water supplies.
The experiences in the development and implementation of drought management plans in the Mediterranean highlight the success and challenges of coping with drought for societies with different vulnerabilities. Based on these experiences and the current methods for evaluating risk, the book synthesises guidelines for drought management that can be applied to other regions.
Coping with Drought Risk in Agriculture and Water Supply Systems addresses the growing issue of drought preparedness planning, monitoring, and mitigation which has worldwide application. The book collates considerable information from diverse disciplines. The information is presented to appeal to a broad scientific and policy audience seeking to develop proactive drought management plans effective for decreasing social vulnerability.
This book has been written within the framework of the MEDROPLAN (Mediterranean Drought Preparedness and MItigation Planning) Project, co-funded by the European Union through the Euro-Mediterranean Regional Programme for Local Water Management (MEDA Water) and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza - CIHEAM (Spain; Coordinator), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), University of Cyprus (Cyprus), National Technical University of Athens (Greece), University of Catania (Italy), Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hasan II (Morocco), Canal de Isabel II (Spain), Confederación Hidrográfica del Tajo (Spain), Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo (Spain) and Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Environnement et des Ressources Hydrauliques (Tunisia).
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This book will be of interest to agricultural, water and land managers; policy-makers; researchers in natural hazards and risk management; graduate students in natural hazards, agricultural and water management, rural planning, policy development, and social development.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Agriculture - Drought - Groundwater - Natural Hazards - Policy - Risk analysis - Social vulnerability - Water management - Water supply - development - organization

Related subjects » Atmospheric Sciences - Climate Change Management and Policy - Environmental Management - Environmental Toxicology - Pollution and Remediation - Population Studies

Table of contents 

Foreword Part I Challenges to drought management in Mediterranean countries 1. Drought Monitoring as a Component of Drought Preparedness Planning Donald A. Wilhite 2. Soft law principles for improving drought management in Mediterranean countries Esther López-Barrero and Ana Iglesias 3. A checklist for drought policy development Nicos X. Tsiourtis 4. An environmental focus on drought: the Water Framework Directive Abel La Calle Marcos 5. Guidelines to develop drought management plans Ana Iglesias, Luis Garrote and Antonino Cancelliere Part II Methods and approaches for drought management 6. Drought characterisation in the Mediterranean George Tsakiris and Dialekti Pangalou 7. A Paradigm for Applying Risk and Hazard Concepts in Proactive Planning George Tsakiris 8. Assessment of drought risk in water supply systems Antonino Cancelliere, Vincenzo Nicolosi and Giuseppe Rossi 9. Mathematical models for reservoir operation in Tunisia Mohammed Hedi Louati and Fethi Lebdi 10. Risk management instruments supporting drought planning and policy Alberto Garrido, Almudena Gomez-Ramos 11. Methods for evaluating social vulnerability to drought Ana Iglesias, Marta Moneo and Sonia Quiroga 12. Methods for social participation and conflict resolution Ignacio Celaya, Antonio Rodríguez Perea and Xavi Carbonell Part III Learning from the Case studies 13. Development of drought management plans in Spain Luis Garrote, Ana Iglesias and Francisco Flores 14. Characterizing drought risk in a Sicilian river basin Giuseppe Rossi, Brunella Bonaccorso, Vincenzo Nicolosi and Antonino Cancelliere 15. The role of groundwater during drought Maria Casado, Francisco Flores and Roberto Gil 16. Drought severity thresholds and drought management in Greece Dialekti Pangalou, Dimitris Tigkas, Harris Vangelis, George Tsakiris and Aikaterini Nanou-Giannarou 17. Using and testing drought indicators Luis García, Alejandro Carrasco and Juan Carlos Ibáñez 18. Drought management in the urban water supply system of Canal de Isabel II, Spain Francisco Cubillo 19. The role of non-conventional and lower quality water for the satisfaction of the domestic needs in drought management plans Nicos X. Tsiourtis Annex 1. Glossary of terms and concepts

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