Introduction: Institutional transitions and water law governance

Lee Godden, Anita Foerster

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Water law, governance, and institutional transitions, is reviewed from various scales such as cultural perspectives and institutional settings, with examples drawn from Australian and comparative experience. More recently, the model for water law institutions has derived from state-centric agency models embodying generic legal statutory authority and corporate forms. The most ground-breaking institutional transition that has occurred in recent years is the advent of legally mandated allocations of water to the environment. A governance model for environmental water allocation is proposed which entails clear, substantive strategic direction and purpose for the allocation. The Australian water law reform initiatives have which have sought to improve access to water for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and to enhance their participation in water planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-57
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Water Law
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

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