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Water legislation in selected ESCWA member countries

This technical study on water legislation in selected ESCWA member countries was prepared as a background document for the 1996 Expert Group Meeting on Water Legislation in the ESCWA Region. Its purpose is to provide a review and analysis of existing and/or planned efforts to update water legislation in some of the ESCWA member countries. Issues addressed in the study include the historical evolution of laws and regulations for water institutions, the legal framework governing utilization of surface and groundwater resources, and planned water legislation relevant to water institutions. The study also contains a detailed examination of the status of water legislation in selected ESCWA member countries which may clarify what has been achieved in these countries as well as underscore the need to update, formulate, implement and enforce the effective legal systems needed for efficient development and management of water resources. The study also reports on institutional reform, legislative enforcement mechanisms and the foundations of modern and effective water law. Chapters I-VII provide a historical perspective on water laws and customary practices as well as a review of the current status and practices related to water legislation in Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Syrian Arab Republic, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Suggestions for possible legal frameworks to assist in achieving optimal development and management of water services in the ESCWA region are contained in the final two chapters.

TitleWater legislation in selected ESCWA member countries
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsUnited Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia -Beirut, LB, ESCWA
Paginationvi, 81 p. : 3 fig., 2 tab.
Date Published1997-10-26
PublisherUnited Nations
Place PublishedNew York, NY, USA
Keywordsinstitutional framework, jordan, lebanon, legislation, oman, saudi arabia, sdipol, sdiwrm, syria, united arab emirates, water resources development, water resources management, yemen
Abstract

This technical study on water legislation in selected ESCWA member countries was prepared as a background document for the 1996 Expert Group Meeting on Water Legislation in the ESCWA Region. Its purpose is to provide a review and analysis of existing and/or planned efforts to update water legislation in some of the ESCWA member countries. Issues addressed in the study include the historical evolution of laws and regulations for water institutions, the legal framework governing utilization of surface and groundwater resources, and planned water legislation relevant to water institutions. The study also contains a detailed examination of the status of water legislation in selected ESCWA member countries which may clarify what has been achieved in these countries as well as underscore the need to update, formulate, implement and enforce the effective legal systems needed for efficient development and management of water resources. The study also reports on institutional reform, legislative enforcement mechanisms and the foundations of modern and effective water law. Chapters I-VII provide a historical perspective on water laws and customary practices as well as a review of the current status and practices related to water legislation in Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Syrian Arab Republic, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Suggestions for possible legal frameworks to assist in achieving optimal development and management of water services in the ESCWA region are contained in the final two chapters.

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