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Demand–side adaptation strategies

In some regions improving efficiency is the main priority. Improvements in infrastructure and practices especially in the agricultural sector are a key area. Agricultural demands may also be decreased through the promotion of better crops and cultivars with lower water requirements (EEA 2012b). Another – complementary - strategy is the development of awareness and education campaigns to promote more efficient agricultural practices in response to decreased availability of water (e.g. precision agriculture or deficit irrigation). Subsidies through economic policy instruments could facilitate the conversion to better practices and/or the modernisation of the existing infrastructure (e.g. reducing leakage).

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