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Irrigation (areas of concern)
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Irrigation (areas of concern)

Irrigation enables farmers to increase crop production by reducing their dependence on natural rainfall. It is considered a vital part of ensuring food security in the future. Yet it also causes extensive environmental damage and undermines human resilience to water scarcity. Irrigation is responsible for 70 % of all freshwater withdrawals in the globe. Human induced salinisation is a widespread problem as around 30 % of irrigated land are affected and becoming commercially unproductive. This layer displays the areas of concern for irrigation related issues, derived from the convergence of global evidence of human-environment interactions that can have land degradation consequences.


GOAL 15: Life on land


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Climate Change Land Degradation Desertification Natural Resources Water & Freshwater Food and Agriculture Water-Energy-Food Ecosystem


Source: EC-JRC

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