Seminario Participativo MAGIC en Tenerife

25 November 2019
Centro Ciudadano de Tejina, Camino Venecia s/n, 38260 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife

On Monday 25 November 2019, a focus group was held at the Citizen Center of Tejina, Northeast Tenerife island, with the aim to explore the potential use of reclaimed wastewater for agricultural purposes in the Valle Guerra area. The infrastructure to make this new resource available is already installed but there are different perspectives on the why, who and how of this innovation. A variety of stakeholders including academics, policy makers, NGO's, technicians and farmers was gathered to visit the area and explore the role of reclaimed wastewaster under different scenarios, namely:

  1. Business as usual, what is expected from the use of reclaimed water given the continuation of the current social and environmental context?
  2. Climate and energy crises, what role can reclaimed water play in the face of climate change impacts and raise of fossil fuel price?
  3. Commercial crises, what role can reclaimed water play in the face of change in exportation conditions such as higher taxes?

MAGIC’s quantitative story-telling approach was used, combining the analysis of contested narratives around the acceptability and viability of using reclaimed water for agriculture, a diagnostic quantification of the water-energy-food nexus of current farming systems, and a deliberative exploration of the viability and desirability of the above-described scenarios (see presentation and booklet - scroll to bottom of page to download). Specific actions and actors that might push towards viable and desirable futures in the region were explored more in detail.

There was almost unanimity among the participants on the idea that this innovation will bring benefits to the area. However, while some actors frame these benefits in terms of conservation of fresh water resources, others saw its role more related to facing drought events and providing security to new farmers. Furthermore, the potential contribution of reclaimed water to the good status of aquifers was seen as uncertain in the local context of private water markets and pressing sectorial demands. On the other hand, reclaimed water was perceived as essential in a future of declining fresh water resources, coupled to renewable energy supply to gain sovereignty. In regards to plausible limitations to exportation, participants agreed on the viability of shifting to local market as a means to absorb current production. How this shift might be produced and what policy changes would be needed at what scales was a subject of debate.

A report on the outcomes of the focus group is available in both Spanish and English (downloadable at the bottom of this page). If you would like to receive further details about the outcomes of the event or follow-up activities, please contact Baltasar Peñate Suárez ( 





Centro Ciudadano de Tejina, Camino Venecia s/n, 38260 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife

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