Sustainable management of water resources: agricultural sector and environmental protection

Guest editors:

  • Lucia Briamonte, CREA - Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy, 
  • Raffaella Zucaro, CREA - Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, 
  • Stefania Luzzi Conti, CREA - Council for Agricultural Research and Economics,

Deadline: October 15, 2019


Section: sustainableirrigation2020


Water, World Heritage, is a vital good and an irreplaceable source of life for the ecosystem and, therefore, must be preserved.The problems concerning water and the management of water resources have always been a decisive factor for the development of society. The increase in population, the increase in water demand and the consequent limited availability of the resource, also threatened by climate change, pose an efficiency challenge in the management of available water resources.

The agricultural sector is largely involved, given the importance of the water resource for agricultural production and the vulnerability of the sector to the effects of climate change. 

It is estimated that 70% of the world's water abstractions isused in the agricultural sector (WWAP, 2015). Therefore, a preventive policy was adopted and the policy of water resources has been permanently merged into the wider framework of sustainable environmental policy.

The Europe 2020 Strategy, and the objectives set by the Common Agricultural Policy (pursued through prescriptive tools such as eco-conditionality, ex-ante conditionality and greening), are oriented towards the strengthening role of environmental protection that the agricultural sector can play.

In particular, as part of the programming for Rural Development 2014-2020, specific financial resources have been allocated for the modernization and adaptation of the irrigation infrastructures.Finally, in addition to the provision of ecosystem services,the new Bio-economy Strategy proposes the identification of synergies and complementarities amongthe common agricultural policy, the fisheries policy, the integrated maritime policy and the EU environmental policies as regards to resource effectiveness, sustainable use of natural resources, protection of biodiversity and habitats.

The orientation of the various action plans, ultimately, envisages a series of actions aimed at responding to the interconnected challenges for society, such as the creation of a more innovative society, more efficient in using resources and more competitive, able to reconcile food security with the sustainable exploitation of renewable resources while ensuring environmental protection.

TheSpecial Issueaims to offer researchers and technologists the opportunity to discuss and provide important insights on the evolution of water resources, highlighting its critical points and potential for the future.


Contributions will respond to the following topics: 

  • agricultural and environmental policies for water resources;
  • programming tools for the irrigation sector and their impact on the environment and on agricultural and food systems;
  • sustainable management of water resources;
  • DDS (Decision Support Systems)/databases supporting the knowledge of the irrigation system as a whole;
  • climate change and environmental issues related to irrigation; 
  • innovation and sharing of good practices aimed at water saving.


Water resources, irrigated agriculture,climate change, environment, innovation,sustainable development.


Agricultural trade in the context of climate change, adaptation and mitigation: synergies, obstacles and possible solutions

Guest Editors:

  • Fabio G. Santeramo - University of Foggia
  • Dragan Miljkovic – North Dakota State University
  • Emilia Lamonaca – University of Foggia

Submissions due by December 31, 2019



Climate change, agriculture, food systems and trade are intimately interrelated. Sectors like agriculture need to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while meeting growing global food demand. Within this context, international trade will experience new dynamics, reflecting the impact of climate change and GHG emissions mitigation, which will alter the comparative advantage and competitiveness of sectors across regions and countries. Connecting economies, trade can play a central role for the adaptation to climate change-related challenges, for example by reallocating food from surplus to deficit regions, hence contributing to food security. Trade can also facilitate international cooperation for an efficient global distribution of climate change mitigation efforts, and, for example, increase development and transfer of emission-efficient technologies. Conversely, if production moves to countries with no or less stringent mitigation obligations in place, trade could lead to emissions leakage that undermines efforts for global GHG emissions reduction.

Against this background, the special issue is devoted to deepening the knowledge on the linkages between trade and climate change adaptation and mitigation, in order to reflect on synergies, obstacles and possible solutions to govern an era of important challenges.


The following deadlines will be strictly adhered to:

First submission from June 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019

First round of reviews due by February 2020

Revised papers due by April 2020

Second round of reviews (if needed) due by May 2020

Final version of paper due by July 2020 


Online Submission

Submission instructions and manuscript template are available here: 

To be considered for this special issue the section “AgTradeClimate” must be selected.