Water and Sanitation Services in Europe: Do Legal Frameworks provide for "Good Governance"?
The IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science is providing comparative analysis of governance in water services provision (sanitation and water supply) as part of research undertaken for SUEZ ENVIRONMENT, carried out in an independent manner, in accordance with University of Dundee academic standards. The focus of this work is the need for transparency, public participation and access to justice for water consumers.
The aim of this research is to develop an analytical framework to study and compare national governance mechanisms. To do so, the research has analysed the national regulatory measures that ensure water governance concerning water tariff and customer standards setting in six countries: England, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Scotland and Spain. A list of 14 indicators for access to information, public participation and access to justice has been employed to compare and contrast national legal mechanisms across the countries.
Listen to a podcast interview on this project between Patricia Wouters, IHP-HELP Centre Director, and Mr Mova Al Afghani, PhD Candidate at the IHP-HELP Centre and Indonesian Water Law blogger: Water and Sanitation Services in Europe
- Water and Sanitation Services in Europe report, May 2011 (Full Report)
- Water21, June 2011, magazine interview with the author, Dr Monica Quesada, "Beyond the privatisation debate: understanding good governance in water services provision" (full text on publisher's website, free to view)