Philippe Cullet

Philippe Cullet
Intersectoral water allocation and conflicts
This study on water allocation from Rajsamand Lake in Rajasthan reveals that current law & policy frameworks are underdeveloped & do not address concerns on equitable allocation of water among users. Posted on 17 Nov, 2015 05:28 PM

Besides water scarcity, allocation of water has become an important concern in India over the last few decades.

Water must be equitably distributed (Source: India Water Portal)
The groundwater model bill: Rethinking regulation for the primary source of water – A paper by Philippe Cullet in EPW
Posted on 21 Nov, 2012 11:50 AM

This article starts by examining the basic principles governing access to and use of groundwater inherited from the past and the partial reform framework proposed since 1970s. The second section brings out some of the key shortcomings of the existing legal framework. Finally, the third section examines the latest model available for reforming groundwater regulation, the Planning Commission’s Model Bill for the Conservation, Protection and Regulation of Groundwater, 2011.

National water framework law – An explanatory note developed by the Sub-Group of Planning Commission’s Working Group on Water Governance for the Twelfth Plan
This note on the national water law provides an account of why a national water law is necessary Posted on 19 Sep, 2012 05:30 PM

This explanatory note by the Planning Commission on the national water law begins with an account of why a national water law is necessary.

Water law in a globalised world - Philippe Cullet discusses the need for creating a new framework
Water issues are rapidly acquiring a global dimension, while water laws remain rooted in specific regions. In this paper published in the Journal of Environmental Law, Philippe Cullet examines the need for a new framework for water law that allows for linkages with the global water cycle as well as human rights and environmental law.
Posted on 09 Apr, 2012 11:09 PM

1. Introduction

Water: Policy and performance for sustainable development - India Infrastructure Report 2011
Posted on 20 Jan, 2012 04:55 PM

The India Infrastructure Report (2011) brought out by the Infrastructure Development Finance Company focuses on 'water' and seeks to 'evolve an appropriate policy framework from the perspective of rights, entitlements, and conflict resolution mechanisms'. The report aims to answer the following questions:

  • How clear is the strategic vision for water resource management and sustainable development?
  • How effective and equitable is the legal framework?
  • Given that only the supply-side approach will not help in meeting future demand, what legal, regulatory, institutional, and pricing mechanisms will be necessary to efficiently manage and restrain demand?
This information-rich report has data on various topics such as water resources in India (present and projections), irrigation, groundwater, rainfall, urbanization, water institutions, water infrastructure(urban and rural), water economics, and waste water.

India Infrastructure Report 2011 cover page

Realisation of the fundamental right to water in rural areas: Implications of the evolving policy framework for drinking water – An article by Philippe Cullet in Economic and Political Weekly
This paper deals with the implications of the evolving policy framework for drinking water on the realization of the fundamental right of water. Posted on 13 Apr, 2011 10:20 AM

The fundamental right to water in rural areas is well-established in India, but the actual content of this right has not been elaborated upon in judicial decisions. There is no general drinking water legislation that would provide this missing content.

New policy framework for rural drinking water supply: Swajaldhara guidelines – An article by Philippe Cullet in Economic and Political Weekly
This article by Philippe Cullet in the Economic and Political Weekly discusses the central government policy for drinking water supply in rural areas
Posted on 11 Apr, 2011 07:09 PM

It examines its evolution from the 1970s onwards and focuses, in particular, on the reforms of the past decade, looking more specifically at the Swajaldhara Guidelines. These reforms are of capital importance because they seek to completely change the rural drinking water supply policy framework.

Groundwater Management - Typology of challenges, approaches and opportunities - Research papers from the conference organised by ACWADAM and Arghyam at Pune (May 2009)
This article is about the workshop on groundwater was organised by ACWADAM and Arghyam Trust in Pune in May 2009. Posted on 17 Mar, 2010 04:40 AM

ACWADAMA workshop on groundwater was organised by ACWADAM and Arghyam Trust in Pune in May 2009, that brought together several experts in the field, and explored diverse topics such as the importance of scale in groundwater resource planning and management, importance of aquifer typologies, participatory processes of groundwater management, groundwater regulation and groundwater linkages with watershed development, markets and policy matters.

The attempt of the workshop and research papers presented, was to highlight contemporary issues in groundwater management, and to look at it through the multiple lenses of hydrogeology, sociology, economics, livelihoods, environment, disasters and so on.

Water law for the 21st century - National and International aspects of water law reform in India: A book analyzing legal issues under international law
A book on the water law reforms in India and its associated human rights, social, health and environmental aspects. Posted on 24 Jan, 2010 02:13 PM

In the face of growing freshwater scarcity, most countries of the world are taking steps to conserve their water and foster its sustainable use. Water crises range from concerns of drinking water availability and/or quality, the degradation or contamination of freshwater, and the allocation of water to different users. To meet the challenge, many countries are undergoing systemic changes to the use of freshwater and the provision of water services, thereby leading to greater commercialization of the resource as well as a restructuring of the legal, regulatory, technical and institutional frameworks for water.

Water law in India - overview of existing framework and proposed reforms (2007)
Ongoing water law reforms may contribute to enhance water management, but conceptually they are incapable of addressing the human right, social, environmental and health aspects of water
Posted on 27 May, 2009 04:25 PM

This working paper published on the International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC) site maps out the relevant legal framework concerning water in India. The first section delineates water law as it evolved until recently. The second section then examines proposed and ongoing water law reforms that are in the process of completely redrawing India's water legal framework.