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An analysis of the impacts of River Basin Management Plan (2015-2021) on the historical irrigation systems in the Andalusian Mediterranean River Basins (Spain) has been performed. As a result, a document with comments on the draft revision of the River Basin Management Plan was submitted to the Water Planning Agency in order to protect the water cultural heritage associated with the historical irrigation systems.

The University of Cordoba has elaborated an agronomic report about irrigation needs of the Irrigators Community of Cáñar/Barjas in order to support the regularisation process of water concessions granted by the water authorities.


In the framework of the project, the degradation of water cultural heritage was identified as an important issue within the water planning. MEMOLA consortium project have submitted claims for “Provisional outline of major topics” within the water planning review process (Horizon 2016-2022) of one of the study watershed (“Demarcación Hidrográfica de las Cuencas Mediterráneas Andaluzas”, Spain).


The MEMOLA project is well aware of the urgent need to safeguard the tangible and intangible cultural heritage values associated to the traditional agroecosystems. Under this context, one of our main targets is the analysis of the impact of the regional, national and European policies on these systems and the development of recommendations and proposal for policy makers.


The cleaning of the irrigation channels (acequias) is performed every year by local irrigators in Cáñar to ensure the smooth operation of irrigation during the summer.

This short documentary shows the traditional planting of potatoes on a terrace in Canar, La Alpujarra (Sierra Nevada-Spain), by local farmers.

The rehabilitation of the traditional irrigation system of Barjas (Granada, Spain).


Documentaries are a great way to record project activities, creating a historical record of an event. They gave us the possibility to combine several media, such as images, audio, text, maps, charts, interviews, etc, in a short and pleasant format that easily attracts user attention, conveying the message.


UGR organised a guided tour with the local irrigator community for 10 volunteers that participated in the recovery of the traditional irrigation channel of Lugros about the historical irrigation systems in high mountain.

UGR organised a guided tour with the local irrigator community for 15 volunteers that participated in the recovery of the irrigation channel of Barjas (Cáñar).