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Water Governance

An Evaluation of Alternative Architectures Edited by Asanga Gunawansa, Senior Counsel, Colombo Law Alliance, Advisor, Green Climate Fund, Arbitrator and Mediator, Kuala Lampur Regional Centre for Arbitration, Director, Sri Lanka International Arbitration Centre, Visiting Professor, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and Lovleen Bhullar, SOAS, University of London, UK
This insightful book explores urban water governance challenges in different parts of the world and highlights the advantages and disadvantages of publicly run, privatized, and public–private partnership managed water facilities.
Extent: 448 pp
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 78100 641 2
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Governance and Regulation
  • Water
This insightful book explores urban water governance challenges in different parts of the world and highlights the advantages and disadvantages of publicly run, privatized, and public–private partnership managed water facilities.

The contributors expertly discuss various types of public and private water governance architectures as well as identifying the trends, challenges, opportunities and the shifts in perceptions with regard to the provision of water supply services. Many chapters are dedicated to analyzing the urban water supply scenarios in selected countries, with specific focus on legal, policy and institutional frameworks. The study reveals that while private sector participation has been largely promoted by multilateral institutions as part of institutional and financial reforms, ultimately governments bear the major responsibility for provision of water supply services either as ‘service provider’ or as ‘regulator and policy-maker’.

Containing a detailed overview and analysis of the global urban water supply sector, this timely book will strongly appeal to academics, researchers and university students following water-related courses. Water sector professionals, water regulators and public officers as well as managers and researchers employed by private sector water operators will also find plenty of invaluable information in this important resource.
‘Ensuring that everybody has access to drinking water, sanitation and enough nutritious food, which depends on water to grow it, are prerequisites for a healthy life. Water management is not just about the technical aspects of water supply and sanitation. It is equally about our water governance systems, including policies, regulation and societal perception of water rights. This book presents many helpful examples of how different societies are dealing with these issues and of the performance of public and private sector players in this important arena.’
– Colin Chartres, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka

‘I congratulate the Institute of Water Policy, the two editors and the contributors for a very thoughtful book on urban water governance. Our objective is to deliver sustainable water and sanitation services to our people. This book contains useful lessons on how to achieve that objective.’
– Tommy Koh, Chairman, Governing Council, Asia-Pacific Water Forum
Contributors: A. Akintoye, L. Bhullar, E. Chong, A.N. Chowdhury, C. Dewan, V. Garcia, B.O. Giuponni, A. Gunawansa, S.F. Hoque, A. Kajenthira, A. Mahalingham, C. Ménard, S. Murthy, M. Paddon, E. Pérard, S. Renukappa, Z. Sha, R.L.K. Tiong, H. Tropp, A. Wong
Contents:

1. Introduction
Asanga Gunawansa, Lovleen Bhullar and Sonia Ferdous Hoque

2. Private Sector Participation in Water Supply: A Global Perspective
Edouard Pérard

3. Good Governance: The Key to Solving Asia’s Water Supply Challenges
Alex Wong

4. The UK Water Industry: Infrastructure, Governance and Procurement
Akintola Akintoye and Suresh Renukappa

5. Performance of Urban Water Governance in France
Eshien Chong

6. Water Governance in Spain: A Dynamic System in Transition
Belen Olmos Giupponi

7. Urban Water Challenges in the MENA Region: Integrating Islamic Principles with Demand Management Strategies
Arani Kajenthira and Sharmila Murthy

8. Implementing PPP Programs in the Urban Water and Sanitation Sector: Some Insights from the Indian Experience in Selected States
Ashwin Mahalingam

9. Urban Water Governance in China: Legal and Policy Framework
Lovleen Bhullar

10. Development of Public–Private Partnerships in the Water Sector in Singapore
Robert L.K. Tiong, Zheng Sha and Abu Naser Chowdhury

11. Urban Water Governance in Australia: The Private Sector at the Margins
Michael Paddon

12. Risks in Urban Water Reforms: A Challenge to Public–Private Partnerships
Claude Ménard

13. Public and Private Interfaces: Changing International Perceptions of Public–Private Partnerships in Water Services
Håkan Tropp and Camelia Dewan

14. Re-municipalization of Water Utilities: Back to the Public Fold
Asanga Gunawansa and Vanessa Garcia

15. Good Governance of Water: The Final Analysis
Sonia Ferdous Hoque and Asanga Gunawansa

Index