Case Study #48
#48: Jucar basin
The main challenge is to reduce agricultural water consumption in a river basin characterized by scarce water resources. Therefore, irrigation systems have been modernized in the last decade to increase their efficiency. Even though water levels did not significantly decrease, consumption could be held constant and no rebound effect occurred in contrast to other Spanish river basins. One reason might be local coordination efforts of voluntary agreements with a major irrigation community to divert saved water into a natural park, and therefore use the water for environmental purposes.