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
No legislation available

Constitutional provisions

Date of text: 18 June 1993

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

Natural resources: The State recognizes the preservation and management of the country's resources (art. 38b). Right to property may be limited if in respect of ownership of underground water or unextracted oil or minerals of any kind or description (art. 26.2i). The territory of Seychelles shall consist of: (a) the islands of the Seychelles Archipelago, as set out in Part 1 of Schedule 1; (b) the territorial waters and historic waters of Seychelles and the seabed and subsoil under lying those waters; (c) the airspace above those islands and those waters. An Act shall declare the limit of the territorial waters and historic waters of Seychelles.


Water used for irrigation, forestry and aquaculture
Date of original text: 01 January 1980 (2012)
Date of text: 16 October 2015

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: 22 September 1985
Date of original text: 16 March 1981 (2012)
Date of original text: 01 December 1978 (2012)


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 September 1985


Waterworks; water supply systems; dams; hydropower systems; irrigation systems
Date of original text: 09 March 1987 (2021)

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 original text: 15 October 1962 (1977)

Water and Environment

Date of original text: 06 June 1903 (1976)

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
Date of original text: 09 March 1987 (2021)


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