Draft the Handbook on Water Law Enforcement

May 29, 2020

Secretariat of International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) is preparing a new "Handbook" dealing with the issue of Water Law Enforcement (regulation of authorizations for abstractions / discharges, controls, procedures, administrative and legal organization, etc.).

This publication, like the handbooks produced in 2009, 2012 and 2015 on IWRM in basins, on adaptation to climate change, on Water Information System, on participation or on the restoration of ecosystems, will be based on actual experiences and know-how acquired in countries and basins around the world.

The goal is to have a first draft by the end of June 2020.

The drawing up of this handbook with the help of the contributing organizations will be a strong and positive sign given to the water community, with regard to the issue of Water Law Enforcement, the cornerstone of water governance at all levels.


This “handbook” is intended to present:

1.    The main administrative and legal processes of water law enforcement and its organization at country and basin level, the necessary skills, commissioning and oaths, controls and appeals.

2.    Actual examples of the implementation of these procedures around the world.

Contributions should be sent to Daniel Valensuela, responsible for coordinating the preparation of the document: 

More information on the requirements and format of submissions here.