Water Resources: Geological and Legal Dimension of their Use

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Department of Law
Library of the School of Law
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Gerasidi Asimina
Dissertation committee:
Αντώνιος Καραμπατζός, Καθηγητής Αστικού Δικαίου, Νομική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Ευγενία Δακορώνια, Καθηγήτρια Αστικού Δικαίου, Νομική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Γλυκερία Σιούτη, Καθηγήτρια Διοικητικού Δικαίου και Δικαίου Περιβάλλοντος, Νομική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Μιχαήλ Αυγουστιανάκης, Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής, Νομική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Γεώργιος Μεντής, Επίκουρος Καθηγητής, Νομική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Ιωάννα Κονδύλη, Αναπληρώτρια Καθηγήτρια, Νομική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Ελισάβετ Οικονομίδου - Πούλου, Λέκτορας, Νομική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Original Title:
Υδατικοί Πόροι: Η Γεωλογική και Νομική Διάσταση της Χρήσης τους
Translated title:
Water Resources: Geological and Legal Dimension of their Use
The unrelenting deterioration of the quality of water resources and the intensive, unbalanced use of water threatens its future availability in many parts of the world. To address this escalating problem it is necessary to implement sustainable water management programs at the local, national and international level. The selection of sustainable solutions can be supported by innovative methods and technologies (desalination, water recycling and reuse) within a clearly defined framework of national and international environmental policy and legislation, in conjunction with the implementation of environmental education programs that will promote social consensus.
This study presents the current trends in European water resources management. Particular attention is given to the balance between development needs on one hand, and ensuring the protection of natural resources on the other. Furthermore, proposals for policy alternatives are examined, which recognize the value of environmental goods at the same time considering the limitations posed by development needs.
The dissertation subject is the assessment of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (WFD), which incorporates, for the first time, all issues related to the improvement of water protection and management in Europe. The integrated management of a River Basin (IRBM) is considered an essential element for the implementation of the WFD. A case study on the island of Syros is examined, selected as representative and reflecting the distinctive issues faced in our country as a result of its insular physical geography. In the islands, the fragile nature of ecosystems, resulting from geographical isolation and limited natural resources, is a challenge for the implementation of the WFD.
The aim of the dissertation is to demonstrate, through the examination of the WFD application and of the regulations resulting from it, advantages and disadvantages of the country's water resources management practices. In combination with the case law of the courts, an attempt is made to concentrate both good management practices and those that either have not yet brought positive results and / or pose an obstacle for the achievement of the WFD objectives. This raises the question of the means that will be used by both technical scientists and legislators to improve the status of water resources. The participation of water users is also important, given the significance of the distribution of water resources among the various uses and the prioritization of demand coverage for different uses.
The dissertation is divided into three parts. The first part introduces the reader to the subject under investigation, providing historical information on water legislation and management. Following that, the evolution of environmental law and water resources management law is presented and the legal framework is analyzed, as well as the corresponding case law. The third part of the dissertation addresses the technical parameters of water resources management, the case study of Syros and, in conclusion, the implementation of the WFD is assessed.
Main subject category:
Law and Legislation
Other subject categories:
Environmental Law
Water resources, Water Resources Management, Environmental Law, Directive 2000/60 /EC, Water Resources Law
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