Under the IUCN Water and Nature Initiative, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC), developed its latest toolkit, RULE: reforming water governance, with a view to strengthening water governance capacity at the national level by way of enhancing the capacities of water managers to deal with legal and policy issues.
The publication was launched on 18 March, 2009 at the Fifth World Water Forum, the world’s biggest ever water-related event. In that unique setting, the ELC hosted a side event at the IUCN’s Water Pavilion which included a keynote speech by the Water Minister of Ecuador, Mr. Julio Jurado. Mr. Jurado stressed that States must be encouraged to take all the necessary measures to guarantee access to water for all, enabling a development pattern that also secures water for the future. He highlighted the key role that RULE can play as a driver in to how to achieve this in practice. In his speech at the event, ELC Director Dr. Alejandro Iza reinforced this: “Successful water governance requires a strong legal and regulatory system to achieve the benefits policy makers want. Effective water laws should combine precision with flexibility, ensuring sustainable development and protection of the environment.”
RULE will soon be available for download and can be requested from the ELC, and it is expected that it will become a reference and a starting point for those interested in implementing on-the-ground reform of the water management sector.