In the region: Eco-efficiency assessment in the Monte Novo Irrigation Scheme

Another interesting “monte novo project” I have just come across. Portugal needs to store rainwater, however, the irrigation is used mainly for monoculture which creates deserts in the long run.

The Case Study aims at assessing the overall performance of a relatively recent hydro-agricultural system and concerns the Monte Novo Irrigation Scheme in Southern Portugal. The Scheme is associated with one of the largest water-related investments ever made in Portugal, the Alqueva system, which deeply changed the agricultural paradigm in that area. Where rainfed crops previously dominated, extensive water supply systems have been developed, allowing the development of large irrigated areas.

Read more …

http://environ.chemeng.ntua.gr/ecoWater/Default.aspx?t=176

@L.: that is the sign “monte novo” on the way to Évora.

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