Security & Strategic Review - February 2022

EL SALVADOR: New water law draws criticism

At the end of December, El Salvador’s 84-member unicameral legislature approved a new water law. The new legislation was hotly anticipated; the issue has been debated for years amid growing fears about water scarcity in El Salvador due to factors such as climate change, deforestation, and pollution. However, the approved initiative has met with criticism from organisations like Alianza Nacional contra la Privatización del Agua (Anpa) which includes environmental NGOs, the Catholic Church, and universities, as well as from two United Nations Special Rapporteurs, Pedro Arrojo-Agudo (water & sanitation) and David Boyd (human rights and the environment).

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