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Water stress, uses and withdrawal

Presently the Western Balkan countries are some of the most water-rich in Europe with regards to the amount of water available per person (10,600 cubic metres, which is twice the European average) (World Bank, 2003). Most of this water originates from the mountainous headwaters (García-Ruiz et al., 2011), and several countries receive a significant share of their water from other countries through transboundary rivers. Water resources have always played an important role in the economy of Western Balkans countries, and are exploited for irrigation, drinking water supply, industrial needs, livestock production and tourism.

Year: 2015

From collection: Outlook on Climate Change Adaptation in the Western Balkan Mountains

Cartographer: Cartografare il Presente/Nieves Izquierdo

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