Inappropriate irrigation schemes

Other Names:
Destruction of arid ecosystems by irrigation
Inappropriate irrigated agriculture

Irrigation is as much a problem as a solution to improved agriculture. The majority of the world's available freshwater goes to agriculture and inefficient irrigation systems waste a considerable amount of it. Waterlogging and increased salinity and/or alkalinity can defeat the very purpose of the irrigation scheme. In almost every irrigation zone, significant species shifts in soil fauna and plants can be found. Enlarged insect populations spread diseases such as malaria.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST