The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) works to strengthen existing environmental laws and their practice through the training of NGOs, the private sector, judges and decision makers in legal tools for resource management. Following Mexico's constitutional reform to affirm the human right to water in early 2012, a previous grant to ELI enabled collaboration with Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA) to inform the development and implementation of legislation that will regulate the newly defined constitutional right to safe, clean drinking water and sanitation.
This grant will enable ELI and CEMDA to assist federal representatives in consolidating the legislative process for the General Water Law. In addition, ELI and CEMDA will work at the state and municipal levels in Veracruz and Puebla to train municipal authorities in developing appropriate regulations and will inform other community stakeholders on their rights and responsibilities under the new law. The project will culminate in a guidance document to be distributed to authorities for implementation in other settings.