National water allocation legislation – A human rights perspective

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National water allocation legislation – a human rights perspective

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Stefano Burchi, Chief, Development Law Service, Legal Office Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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26 Nov 2008

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The paper will review and analyze how the domestic legal systems of selected countries allocate water resources to competing users, for consumptive and non-consumptive uses of the resource. Direct and indirect facilitators of, and constraints to, a human rights perspective will be paid particular attention, from the angle of the right to water for human consumption (and for food production) as it relates to water abstraction rights for livelihoods, for the environment, and for general economic development. To the extent that the available record permits, the analysis of legal mechanisms of water allocation will be complemented by a review, from a human rights angle, of the practice of governments in the administration and enforcement of such mechanisms. Emerging trends will be distilled, and pointers for future research and action will be volunteered.

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