The relevance and role of water law in the sustainable development of freshwater: from 'hydrosovereignty' to 'hydrosolidarity'

Patricia Wouters

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    Abstract

    Everyone lives downstream—except the water lawyers; they commute from Mars. Repeated statistics forecast imminent global water scarcity with disastrous consequences. International experts promote solutions based on sound economics, science, and enlightened and enhanced political commitment. Absent from the integrated water resources strategy are considerations of fundamental principles of water law—a serious shortcoming. The development and implementation of a comprehensive, forward-looking integrated water resources management scheme must include water law as an integral component. This is especially important in upstream/downstream situations where conflicts of water use are increasingly inevitable.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)202-207
    Number of pages6
    JournalWater International
    Volume25
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000

    Keywords

    • Water security
    • Transboundary watercourses
    • Integrated water management
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Equitable and reasonable utilization
    • Water conflicts
    • Water law

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