Water Resources Management for Sustainable Development: International Environmental Law Perspectives

Water Resources Management for Sustainable Development: International Environmental Law Perspectives

Md. Mahfuzar Rahman Chowdhury (The Legal Care, Bangladesh)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7158-2.ch014

Abstract

Global water consumption has increased dramatically with the pace of population growth. Production of food and better standard of living for individuals and nations increase the demand of water. Availability of water in adequate quantity and quality is a necessary condition for sustainable development. Knowledge and understanding of freshwater resources is essential for sustainable development too as it ensures management of renewable natural resources for growth and prosperity. Progress towards sustainable development requires engaging a broad range of actors in government, civil society, and business to assure that water is taken into account in their decision-making process and to promote cooperation across disciplines, sectors, and borders. Water resources, if managed properly, can be realized for sharing of greater benefits to the society. National governments have responsibilities towards their citizens, and therefore, the national governments and the global community need to take action and track progress over a much broader set of water-related challenges.
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International Environmental Law

Climate change continues to dominate international environmental efforts, and thereby, the issues of sustainability and development. Environmental law continues to change and evolve, as new regulations are adopted, and existing rules are amended or challenged in courts or interpreted by agencies. Therefore, the international community is experiencing many areas of relevant international legal activity as well as the breadth and complexity of international development and economic activity.

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