This paper analyses the implications the current WTO negotiations to liberalise trade in services may have for global water resources.
|GATS, water and the environment : implications of the general agreement on trade in services for water resources
|Year of Publication
|Ostrovksy, A, Speed, R, Tuerk, E
|CIEL and WWF international discussion paper
|economic development, environmental protection, international level, legislation, national level, policies, sdipol, sdiwrm, social development, uebw, water resources management, water rights
This paper analyses the implications the current WTO negotiations to liberalise trade in services may have for global water resources. It assesses possible consequences for domestic regulations of water resources, particular those concerning extraction of water resources and identifies potential implications of the GATS for water laws and policies; strategic considerations and recommendations for the GATS negotiations. The paper highlights 12 areas where potential for conflict between GATS disciplines and domestic policies to protect and conserve water, wetlands and ecosystems is emerging. It presents a series of policy recommendations that can address these challenges.