Exchange of information and the agricultural groundwater revolution

Worldwide exchange of information has undoubtedly been one of the key factors triggering the 'agricultural groundwater revolution' in quite a number of countries scattered over the world. It has been a mechanism to raise awareness on the potential benefits of the groundwater resources and to spread knowledge on how to explore, develop and use them properly.

However, once agriculture has been expanded significantly by tapping groundwater, a number of associated problems usually start to develop. This means that the main challenge shifts from expanding groundwater exploitation to keeping the resource and its beneficial use sustainable, while at the same time avoiding significant damage by groundwater abstraction to nature and the environment. Intensive sharing of information, knowledge and experience is likely to have a positive effect on the outcomes of these efforts. Given the mentioned shift in focus, it follows that the types of information and experience to be exchanged have to change accordingly.

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