CHAPTER 6: Water

Depledge, Derrick; Rapaport, Moshe
March 1999
Pacific Islands: Environment & Society;1999, p66
Book Chapter
This chapter discusses the development of water resources for domestic purposes in the Pacific Island region as well as for other human activities, including agriculture and industry. The scattered nature of settlement in the islands of the Pacific has led to a system of land tenure, which is seen to include the water that flows over or under the ground. Access to stream or spring flow may be possible only with the permission and payment of compensation to local landowners. The concept of ownership of water by the state is not widely accepted in the Pacific, although in some countries legislation allows the government to control the allocation of resources.


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