Acta Scientific Agriculture (ASAG)(ISSN: 2581-365X)

Opinion Volume 5 Issue 1

Facing the Challenge of Water Scarcity for Mediterranean Agriculture

Manuela Moreira da Silva*

Professor at University of Algarve - Institute of Engineering, Marine and Environmental Research Centre (CIMA), Director of Master in Urban Water Cycle, Vice-President of Portuguese Association of Water Resources, Portugal

*Corresponding Author: Manuela Moreira da Silva, Professor at University of Algarve - Institute of Engineering, Marine and Environmental Research Centre (CIMA), Director of Master in Urban Water Cycle, Vice-President of Portuguese Association of Water Resources, Portugal.

Received: November 17, 2020; Published: December 09, 2020

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  The Mediterranean is under a severe climate change scenario and suffering an increasing anthropogenic pressure, mainly in coastal zones, due to urbanization, agriculture and tourism. The depletion of surface water and groundwater resources is a common reality. Water scarcity is increasing and water should be managed attending to the food needs, but also to the protection of the habitats and biodiversity. The aquifers have an important role for freshwater storage and water transmission, but some of them are contaminated with nitrates from intensive agriculture. In several coastal areas, groundwater over-pumping for irrigation is promoting saline intrusion phenomena.

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Citation: Manuela Moreira da Silva. “Facing the Challenge of Water Scarcity for Mediterranean Agriculture". Acta Scientific Agriculture 5.1 (2021): 10.




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