AQUIMED - Farmersâ€™ relations to climate variabilities and changes: the case of groundwater users of coastal aquifers in France, Portugal and Morocco
In the frame of the project AQUIMED farmersâ€™ relations to climate variabilities and changes with respect to groundwater users of coastal aquifers were investigated in case studies in the Roussillon Plain in France, the QuerenÃ§a-Silves Region in Portugal, and the Coastal Chaouia Region in Morocco. Consequences on farmersâ€™ action and predisposition towards involvement in groundwater resource management and adaptation to climate changes differ among the cases studied. In the Roussillon and QuerenÃ§a-Silves areas, farmers do not yet face limitations in groundwater extractions and in the same time face increasing difficulties to go on farming: in these areas, discussion on climate change and groundwater management will need to be integrated with a discussion on the future of agriculture. In the Chaouia area, farmers already face groundwater overexploitation and seawater intrusion. In a situation of lack of initiative towards groundwater resource management, farmers implement a series of adaptative actions at farm level.