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30/10/2017

The new irrigation law in Uruguay receives support and criticism

Although it received majority approval, the law has drawn criticism from various sectors.

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The new irrigation law, recently approved by Parliament and backed by all Uruguayan political parties, offers the opportunity for producers to associate in order to access this resource. It is intended to attract investments and increase the country's agricultural production, providing greater stability for crops and decreasing uncertainty surrounding the impact of potential rainfall. 

One of the novelties of this new law, which replaces the old law that has been in effect since 1997, is the creation of agricultural irrigation societies and associations with the objective of making irrigation a collective, shared property issue rather than one of individual property through the construction of dams of a certain scope in specific water basins

Various criticisms have arisen in response to the law. Two senators have accused the law of leaning towards "water mercantilism," favoring the creation of monopolies. "The strategic environmental assessment is conspicuous by its absence," confirmed Senator Carol Aviaga. Professors from the Faculty of Sciences also criticized the law in a letter published last year, which reads: "This project does not consider the environmental impact of the construction of large-scale dams. Since this is not a one-time act in one single location, but rather an initiative on a national scale, we believe that it is our duty to warn of the possible environmental consequences of said project."

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