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This paper first sketches the most important structural and environmental aspects of European irrigation and the key aspects in the ongoing agricultural and water policy reforms (i.e. the reduction of the price bonus paid to agricultural commodities and the adoption of full cost-recovery as the guiding rule for water price setting). The next section derives some evaluation criteria for assessing the outcome of the policy reform from the theoretical discussion on sustainable water use. Case studies of eight areas located in three countries (France, Spain, and Italy) are then presented. In the case studies, alternative market scenarios have been simulated, in order to understand the likely short and medium term response of farmers to changing policy context, in terms of irrigation water demand. It is concluded that irrigation water use will become more efficient (in the sense that water use will be more concentrated on more valuable uses), but this does not necessarily have positive implications in terms of sustainability.
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agricultural policy, CAP, case studies, demand, efficiency,irrigation, irrigation water, sustainability, water policy, water use,Europe, France, Italy, Spain, Western Europe, Europe, MediterraneanRegion, Developed Countries, European Union Countries, OECD Countries,Southern Europe, Common Agricultural Policy, pricing, watering,Agricultural Economics (EE110), Natural Resource Economics (EE115) (NewMarch 2000), Policy and Planning (EE120), Soil Water Management(Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800) (Revised June 2002) [formerly SoilWater Management], Water Resources (PP200)