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In this assessment, stakeholders considered that there will be high demand for freshwater services in the IBRM and neighbouring areas, and that this is likely to continue increasing in the future as a result of continuing socioeconomic and demographic growth and the associated urban development. The results of our hydrological model for the region provide a quantitative basis for trends perceived by stakeholders. According to future climate projections, the IBRM will experience increased aridity due to lower precipitation levels and higher annual mean temperature.
2009). An increase in aridity will have a direct impact on forest ecosystems and natural processes, likely causing a loss in ecosystem integrity and biodiversity. The assessment demonstrates greater losses in water stored in forest soils than in shrubland areas, pointing to the higher potential vulnerability of forests to future climatic trends. The range of shrublands might expand since they are more adapted to arid conditions. The two most important expected impacts are forest decline (Sarris et al.
Here, irrigated and rainfed crops are considered together in order to homogenise the analysis. 5 Quantiﬁcation of Impacts 29 Fig. 7 a (left) Crop water demand changes (%) in IBRM crop areas comparing the 2041–2070 period with the baseline (1961–1990). b (right) Idem for pasture areas The results show important differences in crop patterns when comparing the results for Spain and Morocco, which require different management decisions. In the Spanish part of the IBRM, low crop activity within the protected area strongly contrasts with signiﬁcant agricultural pressure in neighbouring areas bordering the IBRM.