Slovenia becomes first EU nation to enshrine human right to water in their constitution

Signal of change / Slovenia becomes first EU nation to enshrine human right to water in their constitution

By Charlene Collison / 21 Dec 2016
The new amendment to Slovenia‘s constitution states that drinkable water is a human right. Largely to prevent the commercialization of the country’s water resources, the Slovenian parliament just voted in favor of the new law (November 18 2016). Slovenia is the first European Union country to include the right to water in its constitution, although 15 other countries across the world had already done so.

So what?

Slovenia’s constitution now protects water resources as a public good that is managed by the state, not a market commodity. In a world of increasing water scarcity, this protects Slovenia’s water from becoming an increasingly targeted and valuable commodity for those seeking to make a profit from it.

Sources

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/18/slovenia-adds-water-to-constitution-as-fundamental-right-for-all http://inhabitat.com/slovenia-becomes-first-eu-nation-to-enshrine-human-right-to-water-in-their-constitution/

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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