WATER MANAGEMENT IN NSW AND COLOMBIA: SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
RESULTS OF AN ANALYSIS CONDUCTED OF BOTH NSW AND COLOMBIAN FRAMEWORKS
J Canon, IPART
Publication Date (Web): 22 March 2016
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21139/wej.2016.014


Due to its interstate water-sharing requirements, social, economic and environmental pressures, and dry and highly variable climatic conditions compared to international standards, New South Wales has faced challenging water management issues for over a century. As a response, the state has developed policies, regulatory frameworks and mechanisms to move towards a resilient approach to these water management challenges.

Other regions in the world that traditionally have had abundant water resources are starting to face similar water management challenges due to factors such as population growth and climate variability. The threats and consequences of dry weather conditions, accentuated by extreme El Niño events in Colombia, and the reactive approach adopted to mitigate those consequences indicate that water management can be improved considerably in Colombia.

In order to determine potential elements to improve the regulatory framework and water management in Colombia, an analysis of both NSW and Colombian frameworks was conducted. The table below outlines the similarities and key differences between the water regulatory frameworks and water management in NSW and Colombia.



The fundamental reasons for the differences are mainly related to historical water resources availability and variability, drivers for the evolution of legislative frameworks and different socio-economic conditions.

Potential opportunities for improvement to delineate and implement more efficient, effective and resilient water management in Colombia were identified, considering the local context. The lessons learned in the development and implementation of water management in NSW could be extrapolated and potentially increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the development of water regulatory policies in Colombia.

Disclaimer: The author produced this summary in his personal capacity. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of IPART. IPART is not responsible for the accuracy of any content of this summary.

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