Information
  • Date: 16 Jun 2012
  • Time: 10:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Organizer: Cap-Net UNDP
  • Theme: National legal frameworks conducive of sustainable development
  • Perspective: Global
  • Language: english
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All SD-Learning courses will be held at Room T-7 at the Major Groups/Side events pavilion at the RioCentro Convention Center. More information can be found at our Logistics page.

Streams of Law: water legislation and legal reform for IWRM
Summary

An examination of water systems globally reveals that in almost all legal systems water law has allocated water or water use rights, responsibilities, and powers. Legal systems are a means to protect human needs and often the environment and enforce the rights and responsibilities assigned to social actors. As the new social paradigm has shifted towards IWRM, it is therefore expected that legal arrangements will play a key role for the new principles to be formally implemented. Tens of countries throughout the world are modifying their water laws in accordance with the principles of IWRM. The new management paradigm requires adapted legislations and regulations which consider changes in water (use) rights, the role of stakeholders, participatory mechanisms, the understanding of customary rights, relationship with the environment, basin approach, international matters and agreements, and integrity and transparency amongst others. Countries engage in legal reforms to ensure that a legal framework is created that enables the policies and objectives to be achieved. The impacts are therefore far reaching and legal reform needs careful consideration which should not be treated as side element for IWRM but as key driver and condition for success.

Introduction

An examination of water systems globally reveals that in almost all legal systems water law has allocated water or water use rights, responsibilities, and powers. Legal systems are a means to protect human needs and often the environment

Objective

The course will introduce and map main elements to be considered in the framework of leg

Programme

45 mins - IWRM Paradigm change - Why is a legal framework needed?
30 mins - Discussion
60 mins - Group work: mapping water legislation
30 mins

Method

The workshop will use adult learning tools, focusing on participants sharing their o

Impact

Participating delegates are aware this essential element of water management, facilitating them basic comprehension and a knowledge path to follow.

Instructors
Instructor 1
Lilliana Arrieta Quesada (REDICA)
Management for Sustainable Development, INCAE, Costa Ri
Instructor 2
Damian Indij (LA-WETnet)
Capacity building network and knowledge management specialist for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) with more than 10 years of experience at the country level in Argentina, regional in Latin America and global
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