Water Resources

IIDMA contributes to the improvement of water management and quality by promoting  laws and programs whose ultimate aim is the protection of this valuable resource.

 

The current focus of activities within this area are:

  • Promoting international cooperation in the management of shared river basins
  • Supporting the correct transposition and implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive
  • Assisting countries in the development of their legislation on water and access to this resource.

The main projects we have done in this field are:

Preparation of the Book `` River Restoration: Legal Guide for the Design and Execution of Projects`` for the Ministry of Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs
Preparation of the Book `` River Restoration: Legal Guide for the Design and Execution of Projects`` for the Ministry of Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs

2009

This project as part of the National Strategy for River Restoration, consisted of the development of a study which analyzes the legal instruments for the development of a project to restore rivers including a comparative legal analysis, the competence framework of the administrations involved, the administrative management of public land within riverside areas, the protection of public water domain, legal mechanisms to dispose of river lands under private property and other measures for river restoration.

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IberAqua Project: Development of Cooperation and Participatory Mechanisms for the Management of Iberian Basins
IberAqua Project: Development of Cooperation and Participatory Mechanisms for the Management of Iberian Basins

2002

The project stemmed from the findings of the Ondina Project and it aimed to promote mechanisms for the sustainable management of shared river basins in Spain and Portugal as well as to the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and the 1998 Convention on Cooperation for the Protection and Sustainable Use of the Spanish and Portuguese Basins. Three participatory workshops were held in each of the three main river basins: Duero (Zamora), Tajo (Castelo Branco) and Guadiana (Mérida) gathering stakeholders from the two countries. The workshops gave stakeholders the opportunity to share concerns and needs and also to engage in a difficult but necessary dialogue. The results of the workshops were distributed and, as a result of the project, two booklets were published in June 2003.

The Implementation of the (future) EU Water Framework Directive in Spain: Practical Solutions to Enhance its Effectiveness.
The Implementation of the (future) EU Water Framework Directive in Spain: Practical Solutions to Enhance its Effectiveness.

1999

This project consisted in the organization and preparation of a seminar of experts and decision-makers and the editing and publication of a book “La Aplicación de la Directiva Marco del Agua en España: Retos y Oportunidades” with the results of the seminar, which addressed the implications for Spain of the then future entry into force of the WFD and the practical strategies to ensure its effective implementation. IIDMA prepared a paper on the negotiation process of the WFD and convened the seminar on 21-22 February 2000 in Madrid where the paper was presented. The Institute invited 70 key persons from the European Commission, the Spanish and Portuguese Administrations, NGOs, business, agriculture and academia who were seated in a circle facing each other to facilitate debate. Six topics were addressed through the presentation of papers by invitee speakers and their debate by participants and speakers afterwards. The papers and discussants views in addition to the paper prepared by the Institute were published in the book “La Aplicación de la Directiva Marco del Agua en España: Retos y Oportunidades” formally launched in a public event held in the Caixa Science Museum in September 2000. Funders: DG Environment, Fundación AGBAR, Fundación Biodiversidad.

Expo Zaragoza
Expo Zaragoza

2008

Support to the Expo Zaragoza 2008 candidature in the elaboration of a series of documents on international water policy.

IV World Water Forum “Local Actions for a Global Challenge”
IV World Water Forum “Local Actions for a Global Challenge”

2006

IIDMA attended the IV World Water Forum “Local Actions for a Global Challenge,” that took place in Mexico City.

Support to the State of Zacatecas (Mexico) in the elaboration of the Zacatecas Water Bill
Support to the State of Zacatecas (Mexico) in the elaboration of the Zacatecas Water Bill

2006

The project aimed to analyze the conformity of the State of Zacatecas (Mexico) Water Bill with the Mexico’s Water Law as well as to elaborate proposals and recommendations on differentiating elements to be introduced in that Bill. IIDMA’s team traveled to Zacatecas to held interviews with the staff from the Secretary for Farming Development of this State and main stakeholders.

Project financed by the World Bank
Project financed by the World Bank

2005

Members of IIDMA’s team took part in a project financed by the World Bank, advising the Water Directorate of the Serbian Republic and the Executive Water Office of the Republic of Montenegro Republic in the development of their respective laws on water.

Support to DG Environment (European Commission)
Support to DG Environment (European Commission)

2001

Support to DG Environment (European Commission) to develop its Communication Strategy on the EU Water Framework Directive.

Analysis of the legal and institutional framework for the protection of water in Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru for the Ministry of Environment (2008)
Analysis of the legal and institutional framework for the protection of water in Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru for the Ministry of Environment (2008)

2008

This project conducted four studies on the legal and institutional framework of the above mentioned countries. In addition, it also covered analysis and mapping of the main stakeholders of those countries. This work was within the work executed by the Conference of Directors General of Water for Latin America.

Project Ondina

 

1998

The establishment of a cooperative regime for the sustainable management of water courses shared between Spain and Portugal (1998-1999). Its objectives were to provide new perspectives to current water management instruments in a transboundary framework which could contribute to mobilizing public action; raising awareness about the need to cooperate not only at the government level, but also between social actors from both sides of the border. This Project financed by The Tinker Foundation (EE.UU) and the Fundaçao Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento (FLAD), and the support of the Fundación Rei Afonso Henriques, New York University School of Law, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and Center for International Water Affaires (Colorado State University).

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