Towards Sustainability in Groundwater Use: An Exploration of Key Drivers Motivating the Adoption and Implementation of Policy and Regulation

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Groundwater resources have come under increasing pressure from overuse and pollution leading to declines in both quantity and quality. As a renewable resource, the continued availability of sufficient and clean groundwater depends on its sustainable use. However, groundwater use has often been unsustainable, and in many countries-both developing and developed-legal and policy frameworks for its sustainable use remain limited and their design and implementation are under-researched. This article examines the drivers that motivate the development and implementation of legal and policy frameworks capable of ensuring the long-term sustainability of groundwater resources. Case studies conducted in Australia and Costa Rica reveal four key drivers: (i) the existence of a water crisis, (ii) awareness-which leads to information, learning and monitoring, (iii) civic leadership to foster meaningful participation and, (iv) government research and funding in order to understand the complexity of groundwater.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
  • University of New South Wales

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Miljöledning
  • Studier av offentlig förvaltning
  • Juridik (exklusive juridik och samhälle)


Sidor (från-till)111-137
Antal sidor27
TidskriftJournal of Environmental Law
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2020 mar
Peer review utfördJa