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Learning from the past to build the future governance of groundwater use in agriculture

Olivier Petit 1, * Aurélien Dumont 2 Stéphanie Leyronas 3 Quentin Ballin 3 Sami Bouarfa 4, 5 Nicolas Faysse 4, 6 Marcel Kuper 4, 6 François Molle 4, 7 Charlotte Alcazar 8 Emmanuel Durand 9 Ridha Ghoudi 10 Aline Hubert 9 Selin Le Visage 11 Imane Messaoudi 12 Marielle Montginoul 4 Seyni Ndao Audrey Richard Ferroudji Jean-Daniel Rinaudo 4, 13 Julie Trottier 14 Olivia Aubriot 15 Mohamed Elloumi 16 Marc Boisson 17 Rhoda Fofack-Garcia 18 Frédéric Maurel 3 Dominique Rojat 3 Bruno Romagny 7, 19 Emmanuelle Salgues 20 
Abstract : The use of groundwater is increasing worldwide, particularly in agriculture. This leads to pumping races (from which the poorest farmers are often excluded), environmental disasters and the degradation of groundwater quality. Based on discussions between scientists and operational experts in two workshops held in 2018 and 2020, this paper, after taking stock of the dynamics and motivations of groundwater use in agriculture, reviews the solutions most commonly proposed, in particular by public authorities, to regulate the access to and use of this resource and to limit its overexploitation. These (often optimistic) solutions generally combine regulatory or economic instruments, or indirect measures linking water to other issues, and mechanisms based on the participation of all users. However, they rarely question the intensive agricultural systems driving groundwater demand and fail to recognise the multifunctional nature of groundwater. To overcome these hurdles we draw up possible ways forward for policy makers and resource users to develop negotiated solutions.
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Olivier Petit, Aurélien Dumont, Stéphanie Leyronas, Quentin Ballin, Sami Bouarfa, et al.. Learning from the past to build the future governance of groundwater use in agriculture. Water International, 2021, 46 (7-8), pp.1037-1059. ⟨10.1080/02508060.2021.2006948⟩. ⟨ird-03546080⟩



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