Trade and Water: How Might Trade Policy Contribute to Sustainable Water Management?

Muller, Mike, and Christophe Bellmann. 2016. Trade and Water: How Might Trade Policy Contribute to Sustainable Water Management? Geneva: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD).

64 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2016

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Mike Muller

University of the Witwatersrand - School of Governance

Christophe Bellmann

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Date Written: October 18, 2016

Abstract

This paper identifies some of the key intersections between trade policy and water management, in areas such as agriculture, hydropower generation, water services and wastewater management. From a trade policy perspective, the main immediate concern is to ensure that international trade rules and disciplines do not unduly affect countries’ ability to manage their water resources sustainably and according to their respective social preferences. While the local nature of water systems and the diversity of water management objectives is not conducive to the application of trade instruments to enforce a prescriptive, one-size-fits-all approach to water management, there is also a range of areas in which trade policy could support the sustainable management of water and related SDG objectives.

Keywords: trade, water resources, sustainable development

Suggested Citation

Muller, Arnold Michael and Bellmann, Christophe, Trade and Water: How Might Trade Policy Contribute to Sustainable Water Management? (October 18, 2016). Muller, Mike, and Christophe Bellmann. 2016. Trade and Water: How Might Trade Policy Contribute to Sustainable Water Management? Geneva: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2856593

Arnold Michael Muller (Contact Author)

University of the Witwatersrand - School of Governance ( email )

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Christophe Bellmann

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) ( email )

International Environmental House 2
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Chatelaine, Geneva, GE 1219
Switzerland

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