SOUTH-EAST Spain faces a 40% fall in water resources by 2050 if remedial action is not taken, according to Ecological Transition Minister, Teresa Ribera.
Ribera, speaking this Monday at a water supply conference, outlined a grim picture that lies in store for Spain.
Areas like the Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol, and Murcia will see a 40% water fall-off compared to an average loss of 24% for the rest of the country.
The seminar was attended by representatives from the EU, the Valencian government, and Alicante City Council.
Teresa Ribera said: “There has been a review of all of our infrastructures to produce the right response to what lies ahead.”
“If no measures are taken, droughts will affect 70% of Spain in 30 years time,” she added.
Ribera’s grim scenario also suggested up to 75% of the Iberian Peninsula could be at risk of desertification if nothing was done.
She called for better connectivity between water confederation companies in the south-east like the Segura and Jucar, as well as increasing desalination capacity and upping recycling rates.
“Intelligent management is needed, together with digitalisation; adaptive crops; flood prevention and improved efficiency,” Ribera commented.
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