• ‘Ecologistas en Acción’ sees possible ‘water collapse’ within 5 years
• Less rainfall, high temps & increased irrigation demands at fault, group says
A Spanish environmetal organization participating in the current international climate summit in Paris says that Spain could lose up to 25 percent of its hydrology reserves by 2020 as a result of climate change.
The NGO Ecologistas en Acción (Ecologists in Action) says that Spain has already lost 20 percent of its water reserves since 1990 as a result of reductions in rainfall and increases in temperatures nationwide. In Mediterranean coastal areas in Spain, the group noted, the loss of water reserves is double at 40 percent of the levels experienced from 1940-1990.
The NGO says that most water loss is due to Spain’s high demand for water for irrigation purposes, which continues to increase and is resulting in water consumption levels in many areas being much higher than Spain’s ability to replenish the water supply.
The organization foresees that if water supply throughout Spain continues at its current reduced rate, the country could well experience what it termed a situation of “water collapse” by 2020.