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Using a case study from central Spain, the paper focuses on the joint impacts of the implementation of agricultural policies (the EU Common Agricultural Policy) and water conservation policies (both European and national) on the development of irrigated agriculture, groundwater abstraction, and the conservation of depleted aquifers and associated wetlands. The first section of this paper provides a general picture of how water and agricultural policies have determined to a great extent water consumption trends in the Mediterranean countries of the EU. The next section examines the specific water and agricultural policies that have been successively applied in the area of study. The final section provides some concluding remarks.
agricultural development, agricultural policy, aquifers,case studies, groundwater, groundwater extraction, irrigation,sustainability, water management, water policy, water resources, wateruse, wetlands, Spain, Southern Europe, Europe, Mediterranean Region,Developed Countries, European Union Countries, OECD Countries, waterresource management, watering, Agricultural Economics (EE110), NaturalResource Economics (EE115) (New March 2000), Policy and Planning(EE120), Soil Water Management (Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800)(Revised June 2002) [formerly Soil Water Management], Water Resources(PP200), Wetlands (PP320)