Water Scarcity Concepts

  • Luis Santos Pereira
  • Ian Cordery
  • Iacovos Iacovides


A range of concepts relative to water scarcity are discussed in this chapter. Natural scarcity resulting from arid and semi-arid climates and drought is one issue, and a second is man-made scarcity which is associated with desertification and water shortage due to poor management. Separation of these two causes brings into focus the effects of both water quality and water quantity on water scarcity. An introductory discussion of the respective water management issues and implications for sustainable development are consequently presented.


Water Shortage Water Scarcity Irrigate Agriculture Water Withdrawal Agricultural Drought 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis Santos Pereira
    • 1
  • Ian Cordery
    • 2
  • Iacovos Iacovides
    • 3
  1. 1.Universidade Técnica de Lisboa Inst. Superior de Agronomia Tapada da AjudaPortugal
  2. 2.University of New South Wales School of Civil & Environmental EngineeringAustralia
  3. 3.I.A.CO Ltd. Environmental & Water Consultants2035 StrovolosNicosia Cyprus

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