Articles | Volume 24, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 489–500, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-489-2020

Special issue: HESS Opinions 2020

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 489–500, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-489-2020

Opinion article 30 Jan 2020

Opinion article | 30 Jan 2020

HESS Opinions: The myth of groundwater sustainability in Asia

Franklin W. Schwartz et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (03 Nov 2019) by Alberto Guadagnini
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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (17 Dec 2019) by Alberto Guadagnini
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We are concerned about the sad state of affairs around groundwater in the developing countries of Asia and the obvious implications for sustainability. Groundwater production for irrigated agriculture has led to water-level declines that continue to worsen. Yet in the most populous countries, China, India, Pakistan, and Iran, there are only token efforts towards evidence-based sustainable management. It is unrealistic to expect evidence-based groundwater sustainability to develop any time soon.