Ryan Stoa, Fellow in Water Law and Policy at the College of Law and Deputy Director of the Global Water for Sustainability Program, spoke of the need for a cautious approach to decentralized water governance at the Conference on Water and Ocean Law in Times of Climate Change, hosted by Utrecht University’s Centre for Water, Oceans, and Sustainability Law.  ”While transferring authority over water management decisions to local institutions has many benefits, the process requires a robust statutory framework and local capacity to manage water resources.  Many developing countries, in particular, have embraced decentralized water governance before ensuring that underlying conditions necessary for successful implementation are in place.”  Stoa’s talk summarized his article on the topic, entitled Subsidiarity in Principle: Decentralization of Water Resources Management Across the Economic Development Continuum, which will be published in a special issue of the Utrecht Law Review.


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