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MADRID − 18 October 2010 − Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos − The GSI invited the general public to join a discussion on the crucial issues surrounding the measurement and analysis of irrigation subsidies at the launch of the study Measuring Irrigation Subsidies in Spain - An Application of the GSI Method for Quantifying Subsidies.

The event was chaired by IISD President, Franz Tattenbach, with the following panel experts:

Dr. Alberto Garrido, Professor of Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics at the Technical University of Madrid. He has 18 years of research and consulting experience in areas related to water economics and policy, and agricultural policy. His most recent books are Water Policy in Spain co-edited with Prof. M.R. Llamas, and Water Footprint and Virtual Water Trade in Spain: Policy Implications, co-authored with Llamas, Varela-Ortega, Novo, Rodríguez-Casado and Aldaya.

Dr. Javier Calatrava, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics and Policy at the Technical University of Cartagena, Spain. He has 12 years research experience in the field of agricultural and resource economics, mainly focused on the economics and policy of water resources and agricultural soil conservation. He has conducted consultancy work on these issues for several Spanish Governmental Agencies, the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The aim of the event was to provide a starting point for a debate on the use of irrigation subsidies in Spain, quantified using the GSI’s Method for quantifying irrigation subsidies. It also highlighted the need to develop sound replicable methods for measuring and quantifying subsidies.

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Agenda for the session (PDF - 139.85 KB)

Presentation: Spanish Irrigation country case study (PDF - 195.13 KB)

Presentation: Measuring Irrigation Subsidies in Spain − An Application of the GSI Method for Quantifying Subsidies (PDF - 421.53 KB)

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