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On sustainable management in the local governance of water: a prospective localised study

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In the face of the changes in the planet's natural resources and of their unequal distribution, it is becoming more urgent that contemporary societies oversee environmental assets in a global manner. Although international directives, when they are transposed into national laws, may set specific objectives, meeting them at the local level is as yet an uneven enterprise. Nevertheless we hope to demonstrate, using a case-study involving local tensions over water resources, that public management of the crisis may be developed that effectively involves the civic society, by using the incentives and enforcement tools of central government and of local institutions.

Keywords: water resources, urbanisation, water uses, common good, sustainable development, water rights, access, local government, joint management, public regulation, civil society, sustainable development, sustainable management

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