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40 years of transboundary cooperation on the Geneva Aquifer System

The Geneva Water Hub will be associated with the celebrations of 40 years of transboundary cooperation on  the Geneva aquifer « nappe du Genevois » (1978-2018), jwhich will be ointly organised by the Geneva and French authorities. In this frame, a Seminar on the various stakes related to the transboundary governance of a natural resource will take place on 29 November,  2018, at Geneva, Switzerland.

The flyer is available at http://www.genevawaterhub.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/40_ans_flyer_eng_2.pdf

Proposal for a new EU Regulation on minimum requirements for water reuse

A Commission proposal for a new Regulation on minimum requirements for water reuse o was adopted on 28 May, 2018. The proposal aims to help alleviate water scarcity and promote sustainable irrigation across the EU. This is a particularly pressing issue given water scarcity and droughts resulting from climate change, and the increasing demands on water supply. The proposed minimum quality and monitoring requirements are based on the JRC Science for Policy Report - Minimum quality requirements for water reuse in agricultural irrigation and aquifer recharge. The proposed Regulation also introduces key risk management tasks to identify other risks that should be addressed to ensure the safety of water reuse, and new transparency rules so that consumers can obtain easy access to water reuse practices in EU Member States. Essentially, the proposal will offer farmers an alternative supply of water for irrigation. For further information, go to http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/pdf/water_reuse_regulation.pdf

New OECD report: Implementing the OECD Principles on Water Governance

This report takes stock of the use and dissemination of the OECD Principles on Water Governance, which were adopted three years ago. It provides a water governance indicator framework and draws lessons from experiences from different countries and contexts. Based on an extensive bottom-up and multi-stakeholder consultation process within the OECD Water Governance Initiative (WGI), of which AIDA is a partner, the report seeks to help interested countries, regions, cities and basins assess their water governance performance to improve their water-related policies. The document may be consulted online, or retrieved from https://read.oecd-ilibrary.org/environment/implementing-the-oecd-principles-on-water-governance_9789264292659-en.

Contributions to IWA IGR newsletter: invitation to AIDA members

The IWA Institutional Governance and Regulation Group (IGR) management team is preparing the Group Newsletter, which shall be published around end-May 2018.  AIDA members having information they feel could be of interest - news, pictures, information about seminars or activities – are invited to contribute by sending it by email to AIDA member Puja Doshi, at puja.doshi30@gmail.com before 10 May.

Public Dialogue - UN-Water SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation

At its last meeting in Rome, UN-Water decided to initiate a Public Dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 Synthesis Report 2018, starting at a briefing to the UN Permanent Missions in New York, which took place on Wednesday 2 May, 2018. The Public Dialogue will be open during six months for feedback and discussions.

The Dialogue is structured into three phases: 

AIDA member may join the Dialogue at http://dialogue.unwater.org.

The Water Police - Regulating Water Uses: A Permanent Challenge, by Anthony Mergey & Frantz Mynard (eds.), Editions Johanet, Paris, 2018

This publication is a collection of twelve papers presented at the seminar ‘Regulating water: a permanent challenge. Forms and types of water police’, which was held at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Rennes, France,  on 21 March, 2014. These papers focus on the developments and present status of the water police at the national and european levels, and look into its future. The book may be purchased online, at http://www.editions-johanet.net/police-de-eau-reglementer-usages-de-eau-un-defi-permanent-o78.

ELC Internship Programme 2018

IUCN welcomes applications for the Environmental Law Center (ELC) internship programme in the second half of 2018. Any currently enrolled advanced law students who may be interested may contact ELC at elcsecretariat@iucn.org. Further information and the application forms are available at https://www.iucn.org/theme/environmental-law/fellowshipinternship/?utm_campaign=2070498_Internships%20%40ELC%202018&utm_medium=email&utm_source=IUCN&dm_i=2GI3,18DLU,48BPX5,3WYGZ,1.

ELC is especially seeking Spanish speaking candidates having interest and/or experience in the law related to water, climate change, biodiversity. Proof of enrollment at a university, valid for the period of the internship, is a requirement.

New publication: Survey of Legal Mechanisms Relating to Groundwater along the Texas-Mexico Border, by ’16 TAMU Law graduate Jessica Foster, 2018

This report was sponsored by the following institutions: Program in Natural Resources Systems, Texas A&M University School of Law; Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy, Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service; and Texas Water Resources Institute. Its purpose is to present a factual picture of the multiple groundwater governance frameworks that cover the same transboundary aquifers on the Texas-Mexico border.  The report examines, catalogs, and compares the various approaches that communities along the Texas–Mexico border take toward managing and allocating groundwater resources.  It also presents a comprehensive survey of the existing rules, regulations, practices, and guidelines – from the federal, to the state, to the local level – that users and institutions on both sides employ to govern groundwater usage within their various jurisdictions.  The goal of this study is to lay a foundation for additional research and even coordination across the frontier in an effort both to improve knowledge and information about groundwater on the Texas-Mexico border, as well as to ensure that these critical resources are governed and managed in a manner that ensures their availability into the future. The report may be downloaded from http://www.law.tamu.edu/docs/default-source/faculty-documents/texas-mexico-ground-water.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Justices and public prosecutors gather at the WWF8 and issue a Declaration on Water Justice

More than fifty senior justices – from the ordinary courts and from specialized environmental courts or chambers - and public prosecutors from forty-one countries around the world assembled in Brasilia, 19-21 March, for a Conference on Water Justice https://www.iucn.org/commissions/world-commission-environmental-law/events/brasilia-declaration-judges-water-justice-adopted-8th-world-water-forum-19-21-march-2018 organized under the umbrella of the Judicial and Prosecutors Sub-process of the Political Process at the 8th World Water Forum (Brasilia, 19-23 March 2018), and issued a “Declaration on Water Justice”. The Sub-process, the Conference and the Declaration that issued from it were the joint initiative of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), UN-Environment, and the Organization of American States (OAS), under the leadership of IUCN/WCEL. The Declaration on Water Justice springs from widespread concern among the judiciary and public prosecutors for the state of water resources on the planet in the face of, in particular and among other threats, climate change. Its aim is to (a) sensitize and educate fellow justices and public prosecutors around the world to the complexities of rendering justice in the matter of water resources, in the larger context of the environmental rule of law, by (b) offering ten “principles”, derived from contemporary water law and environmental law, that seek to capture and unravel such complexities, and to offer a reference template for substantive and procedural justice in regard to water-related disputes. The ten principles are preceded by a number of recitals that provide the context, also by reference to a number of illustrious precedents in the field of environmental law and governance, climate change, and water governance. AIDA members O. McIntyre and S. Burchi had a major role in the crafting of the Declaration. The text of the Declaration is available – for the moment in English only – at https://www.iucn.org/sites/dev/files/content/documents/brasilia_declaration_of_judges_on_water_justice_21_march_2018_final_as_approved_0.pdf. Translation into other languages is in progress. 

Brasilia Declaration of Judges on Water Justice approved at the 8th World Water Forum

At the 8th World Water Forum, which was held at Brasilia on 18-23 March, 2018, the Conference of Judges and Prosecutors on Water Justice approved the “Brasilia Declaration of Judges on Water Justice”.  The Declaration is the result of three days of discussions,  where more than 50 senior judges and prosecutors from around the world joined together with diplomats, experts, and other leaders in the field to address current challenges to the utilization, management, and protection of all forms of freshwater resources. In addition to multiple panel discussions  involving over 130 speakers, a special session addressed developments toward possible negotiation of the Global Pact for the Environment under the auspices of the United Nations General Assembly.The Declaration may be retrieved from https://www.iucn.org/sites/dev/files/content/documents/brasilia_declaration_of_judges_on_water_justice_21_march_2018_final_as_approved_0.pdf and is also available for download on the conference webpage at https://www.iucn.org/commissions/world-commission-environmental-law/events/brasilia-declaration-judges-water-justice-adopted-8th-world-water-forum-19-21-march-2018.

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