The Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA), part of The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has collaborated with WaterLex on an in-depth study resulting in a 120-page e-book which details effective efforts in wastewater regulation around the world.
The e-book, entitled Good Practices for Regulating Wastewater Treatment: Legislation, Policies and Standards, will be released at a special event at SIWI World Water Week in Stockholm 2015. The e-book release takes place on Tuesday, 25 August 2015, from 14:00 to 17:00 in the Swiss Water Partnership booth area where WaterLex will be an exhibitor (area C1).
In the e-book, WaterLex authors Moez Allaoui, Dr. Tobias Schmitz, Dale Campbell and Cherryl Andre de la Porte note increasing evidence that freshwater quality is in decline across the world, particularly due to the continuous growth in volumes of untreated wastewater as well as the release of hazardous chemicals and materials into watercourses.
“This state of affairs makes it both important and timely to examine different local responses to wastewater challenges that have been effective,” said WaterLex Operations Director Dr. Schmitz, one of the e-book’s authors. “The e-book provides an overview of successful cases, procedures and processes in the implementation of wastewater legislation from various developed and developing countries.”
The e-book aims to achieve four objectives:
- To provide an overview of wastewater legislation adopted by a range of developed and developing countries;
- To make local lessons in wastewater treatment, disposal and reuse accessible to those who may be considering reform of their own wastewater management practices;
- To promote the adoption of appropriate standards on the operation and maintenance of wastewater facilities;
- To contribute to the exchange of wastewater legislation knowledge and best practices among experts and professionals within the field.
To better illustrate positive measures around the world, the e-book includes case studies and fact sheets detailing good practices employed in Argentina, Australia, Finland, Jordan, Singapore and South Africa.
In addition to the authors, contributors to the e-book are Jean-Benoît Charrin, Jan Van de Venis, Elodie Tranchez, David Snow and Lenka Kruckova (WaterLex); Graham Alabaster (UN-HABITAT/WHO); Antti Belinskij (University of Eastern Finland; Ana Di Pangracio (FARN, Argentina); Wouter Ernst (University Utrecht, The Netherlands); Mariana González (National Mar Del Plata university, Argentina); Karam Jeet Singh (SAHRC, South Africa); Birguy Lamizana (GPA/ UNEP); Saijariina Toivikko (Finnish Water Utilities Association, Finland); and Steve Ntifo (Jacobs, UK). Peer reviewers are Stefano Burchi, International Association for Water Law (AIDA), and Derko Kopitopoulos (ECOPSIS).
For more information:
WaterLex International Secretariat
Tel: +41 22 907 36 46
Email: info (at) waterlex.org
WaterLex is an international public interest development organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a UN-Water Partner with UN ECOSOC special consultative status. Its mission is to develop sustainable solutions based on human rights to improve water governance worldwide, particularly in regard to consistent water law and policy frameworks. It works with an alliance of interested parties to improve water-governance frameworks, bringing them in line with country obligations under international human rights law. The interested parties are individuals and groups working in government (diplomatic missions), academia (professors of law, researchers), bilateral cooperation (water management advisors), the judiciary (high/supreme courts judges), the UN system (UN-Water family members), and civil society (NGOs that work on water issues). WaterLex works in partnership with 85 universities to continuously enrich the content of the WaterLex Legal Database. The organisation is funded by grants and project financing from public agencies, foundations, private gifts, and in-kind contributions. Established in 2010, when the human right to water was recognised by the UN, the organisation has a secretariat in Geneva with 15 staff members, a supervisory board of directors, and a large pool of members and expert advisors. It is an official member of the Global Water Partnership, UNDP Cap-Net, UNDP Global Water Solidarity, UNEP Global Wastewater, and the Swiss Water Partnership.