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Agricultural Use of Groundwater: Towards Integration Between by Cesare Dosi (auth.), Cesare Dosi (eds.)

By Cesare Dosi (auth.), Cesare Dosi (eds.)

Groundwater is endangered and polluted in numerous methods. Conservation and higher administration of this invisible source can be a key element of sustainable water regulations. this is often very true in parts, akin to many Mediterranean areas, that are already uncovered to shortage difficulties and that are more likely to event expanding festival among freshwater makes use of and clients. Agriculture is a crucial consumer of groundwater not just by way of abstractions, but in addition by way of new release and unlock of toxins. Agricultural regulations, routinely directed in the direction of different goals, are commencing to pay extra realization to environmental concerns. even if more advantageous tasks are required to lessen the strain upon groundwater assets and to accomplish a greater integration among agricultural and environmental guidelines.
This e-book has been built from 3 workshops held as a part of the european Concerted motion SAGA, "Sustainable Agricultural Use of Aquifers in Southern Europe: Integration among Agricultural and Water administration rules" (FAIR5-CT97-3673). The Concerted motion and the workshops introduced jointly researchers operating in numerous yet complementary fields, as a way to get an image of the state-of-the artwork approximately interlinkages among agriculture and groundwater, in addition a serious assessment of different regulatory methods and coverage tools aimed toward enhancing groundwater management.

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Despite the increasing efforts undertaken in Member States to improve their monitoring capacity, "groundwater continues to be a largely misunderstood ... , Chapter 5, this volume, p. 108). For instance, some southern European countries, namely France, Greece and Italy, lack a homogeneous nation-wide monitoring system for groundwater quality and quality. Moreover, as Koreimann et al. (1996) emphasize, the connection between monitoring activities and legal obligations is surprisingly low: only some ofthe Member States monitor groundwater in their assessment ofnational legislation and only Portugal monitors due to EC legislation.

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Saltwater is often in a delicate equilibrium with freshwater aquifers. g. in the case of disposal of minor salt-containing wastes), centuries (regional scale saltwater intrusion), or millennia (salt dissolution in deep formations) (Frind, 1982). A proper evaluation of the environmental impacts and economic effects associated with salt contamination phenomena therefore requires monitoring and analysis of the short, medium, and long-term response of the threatened system. It is important to adequately characterize the aquifer flow regime and its natural patterns of land recharge and sea discharge, for instance.

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