Changes in water management policies and practices over the last two decades have had far reaching consequences for how the use of water is being regulated. It is recognised that water allocation systems and water pollution controls should be implemented and be effective, preferably using principles of user or polluter pays. It is also recognised that stakeholders should play a meaningful role in water management decisions as they are often greatly impacted by poor resource management. To make this improved integrated water resource management effective, water management institutions are also being reformed.

This scale of change invariably requires changes to the laws governing water in the country. Countries engage in legal reform or the development of a new National Water Act to ensure that a legal framework is created that enables the policies and objectives to be achieved. The impacts are therefore far reaching and legal reform needs careful consideration.

This training manual introduces various aspects of water law and is suitable for middle and senior level water managers. It will help to understand how water law is made and how various principles can be incorporated into law. The manual is suitable for short courses or as an input to educational programmes on water management. The manual provides links to good resource materials and also a guide to facilitators who may be involved in training using these materials.

All the materials are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese.