This book, which was first published in 1992 and updated in 2007, now in its third edition, provides a tool for dealing with the legal and institutional aspects of water resources management within national contexts and at the level of transboundary water resources. Like the previous editions, this new edition seeks to cover all aspects that need to be known in order to attain good water governance, but contains updates relating, in particular, to:
- Developments in the law of transboundary aquifers;
- "Greening" of water law, calling for the progressive integration of environmental law principles into international water agreements and domestic water legislation (see, for instance, transboundary EIA);
- The emerging right to water as a human right;
- The need for enhanced public participation in planning and decision making;
- Climate change, calling for the integration into the law of tools that facilitate adaptive water management;
- Progress in the implementation of EU law within national jurisdictions and transboundary contexts;
- Efforts of regional organizations other than the EU, to steer cooperation in the management of transboundary water resources and the harmonization of national laws;
- Adoption of new water laws (worldwide) supporting IWRM;
- New international agreements, and new river basin commissions, in line with the UN Watercourses Convention (which is now in force);
- Recent judicial decisions.
Unique in its scope and nature, the book identifies the legal and institutional issues arising in connection with water resources management and provides guidelines for possible solutions in a manner accessible to a wide range of readers. Thus, it is a useful reference for lawyers and non-lawyers - engineers, hydrologists, hydrogeologists, economists, sociologists - dealing with water resources within government institutions, river basin commissions, international organizations, financing institutions and academic institutions, among other things, and also for students of disciplines related to water resources.
- Identifying the legal and institutional issues arising in connection with water resources management.
- Providing guidelines for possible solutions in a manner accessible to a wide range of readers.
- Useful reference for lawyers and non-lawyers dealing with water resources, river basin commissions, international organizations, financing institutions and academic institutions.