On October 31st WaterLex held a workshop in Bhubaneswar, India on water governance and human rights. The workshop was organized in collaboration with Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) and the Odisha Human Rights Commission, furthering WaterLex’s work with FANSA whom WaterLex has partnered with over the last three years on the Safe Water Programme.

The purpose of the workshop was to deliver a capacity building programme and increase stakeholders’ competencies on water governance and the human rights to water and sanitation (HRWS) for them to have input into law and policy. As a part of these objectives, the agenda included aspects of international and national legal frameworks, monitoring, and the Sustainable Development Goals, with special attention being paid to marginalised and vulnerable populations.

Attendants included representatives from the Odisha Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, NGOs, local education institutions and water services, among others. They received technical training on the HRWS and took part in interactive sessions of open discussions and active group work. These sessions focused on identifying local challenges in access to water & sanitation and creating plans of actions to confront them. This type of multi-stakeholder collaboration is essential to support the efforts of leaving no one behind
and ensuring the HRWS for all.

If you are interested in learning more about the particular legal framework of water governance in India and the basis for the workshop, WaterLex’s country legal mapping of India is available online.