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Land & Poverty Conference 2019



I-CATALIST is present in the annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty held in Washington DC, during the 25-29 March 2019. The Land and Poverty conference presents the latest research and innovations in policies and good practice on land governance around the world. This conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,500 participants from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector.


Elena Lopez Gunn, Managing Director of I-CATALIST, has been invited to make a presentation in the thematic session on Land and Water Governance.


This presentation has been named “Irrigation Modernization in Spain: what influences the Effects on Water? It is focused on the key link between water and land in the context of irrigation modernization, where often the reciprocal linkages between land use change on water availability, and the impact of changes in irrigation technology on land use change are often unknown or underestimated. This land-water relationship, if not well understood and analyzed, could mean decisions in either agricultural policy or water policy can have unintended consequences, including potential negative impacts. Thus, planning ex-ante for these water and land interactions is crucial. The study looks at irrigation modernization from an environmental and socio-economic perspective, presenting the results of a Proof of Concept study undertaken for the FAO/UNU on the concept of water tenure and its application to an irrigation modernization project in the Duero basin in Spain, including a follow up AudiMod method developed for the Duero River basin agency Spain on the effectiveness of irrigation modernization to comply with the European Union Water Framework Directive


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