FAOLEX Database

Framework Law

The main law applicable to water resources management, which covers all of the following areas: administration; management, conservation and use of freshwater resources; water rights; waterworks; water supply
Date of original text: 13 July 1999 (2017)

Constitutional provisions

Date of text: 13 July 1991

Right to water: No provisions regarding the right to water.

Natural resources: Article 18 sets forth that the State shall enjoy exclusive ownership rights over the underground resources; waters, forests and parks of national importance, and the natural and archaeological reserves established by law. It further states that the State shall exercise sovereign rights in prospecting, developing, utilizing, protecting and managing the continental shelf and the exclusive off-shore economic zone, and the biological, mineral and energy resources therein. The State shall utilize and manage all the state's assets to the benefit of individual and society.


Water used for irrigation, forestry and aquaculture
Date of text: 21 March 2019
Date of original text: 06 April 2001 (2017)
Date of text: 22 March 2001

Water Supply and Sanitation

Provision of water services by public utilities or commercial organizations; water supply for domestic, industrial or other purposes; right to safe and clean drinking water and basic sanitation; quality of piped water; sewerage
Date of text: 23 June 2016
Date of text: 22 March 2001
Date of text: 09 June 1999


The political, social, economic and administrative systems that govern water management and conservation; good practices; good governance; decentralization; water user’s associations
Date of text: 22 March 2001


Waterworks; water supply systems; dams; hydropower systems; irrigation systems
Date of text: 22 March 2001
Date of text: 14 December 2016

Water Resources Management and Water Rights

Ownership and control of water resources; abstraction and diversion of water; allocation and quotas; riparian rights; priority of rights; free water use
Date of text: 21 March 2019
Date of text: 22 March 2001

Water and Environment

Date of original text: 06 April 2001 (2017)
Date of text: 22 March 2001

Water Quality and Pollution Control

Control of pollution and quality of freshwater bodies and groundwater; agricultural point and non-point sources of pollution; water quality standards


Freshwater resources located below the surface of the earth; aquifers; groundwater abstraction; well-sinking; boreholes; hydrogeology

Disaster Resilience

Water-related hazards; flood; drought; water shortage; adaptation to climate change; early warning system/emergency intervention system