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Water in the Contemporary World

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Water is vital to life, there is no substitute for it and there is no alternative choice. The only choice is how to allocate water and to find the most efficient way of using it. Water is thus immeasurably different from other economic goods. In view of its fundamental importance for human survival and for human societies water enjoys a unique status reflected in municipal as well as international law. In recent decades the international community has increasingly dealt with water issues. There is certainly no single solution, but only a range of varied measures taking into account the conditions of each country and linking approaches based on the supply and the management of demand. The general consensus in the international water community is that the majority of such treaties, especially in the developing world, are not robust, particularly because they lack long-term management procedures and provide inadequate dispute resolution.

Keywords:international law; water



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