Environmental Law Institute / Rights and Resources Initiative

Protecting the Most Vulnerable: Legal Frameworks for Community Freshwater Rights

Tuesday 29 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: NL 253

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), have a strategic research and policy advocacy initiative to: (1) identify how countries are addressing community freshwater rights (including those of Indigenous Peoples) in national legislation; and (2) measure the progress being made by countries to legally recognize and protect community water rights. To achieve these goals, RRI and ELI have engaged a broad set of stakeholders to develop a Water Tenure Tracking Methodology to analyze the strength and resilience of legal rights and entitlements related to community water use and governance. The findings will be used to: (1) conceptualize, compare, and monitor countries’ progress in protecting the freshwater rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities; (2) identify legislative weaknesses and areas for reform; (3) better appreciate gaps between national laws and the actual realization of community rights to freshwater; and (4) identify future areas for research.    This Showcase will offer an opportunity to share and receive feedback on the methodology in light of its application in three pilot countries.  RRI and ELI will share the findings and seek participant guidance on how to improve and tailor the methodology as we apply it on a larger scale.  


11:00 Welcome
Dr Nighisty Ghezae, International Foundation for Science

11:10 Presentation of RRI/ELI tenure tracking methodology and findings from pilot studies: Kenya, India, Colombia
Jessica Troell, ELI, and Chloe Ginsburg, RRI

11:40 Q&A

11:55 Panel Discussion

12:20 Q&A and wrap-up

12:30 Close of session