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Water Law, Poverty, and DevelopmentWater Sector Reforms in India$
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Philippe Cullet

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546237

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546237.001.0001

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Towards an Alternative Framework for Water Law Reforms

Towards an Alternative Framework for Water Law Reforms

(p.176) 6 Towards an Alternative Framework for Water Law Reforms
Water Law, Poverty, and Development

Philippe Cullet

Oxford University Press

This chapter builds on the critical analysis of ongoing water law reforms undertaken in the previous two chapters and suggests some alternatives. It emphasizes some possible new conceptual bases for water law, such as the principle of common heritage. It proposes a different understanding of already accepted notions such as the human right to water. It also suggests that a different understanding of key concepts, such as conservation and participation, is necessary to ensure that water laws adopted today can contribute to socially equitable and environmentally sustainable outcomes. It further argues that the adoption of a framework water legislation at the state or union level is necessary.

Keywords:   public trust, common heritage, human right to water, free water, disconnections, equity, sustainability, decentralization, framework water legislation

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