April 13, 2015 Society

The Lisbon Charter

The Lisbon Charter is an international framework of good practice for public policy and regulation in drinking water supply, sanitation and wastewater management services. It contains clear reference to the rights and responsibilities of the various stakeholders and users. It offers a vision and a practical platform for reforming water management for sustainable development. Through five key principles for public policy and regulation on water and wastewater services, the Charter provides a framework for transforming water regulation that can be universally applied.

IWA has prepared translations of the Lisbon Charter in active collaboration with water leaders from various countries. This way, we aim to ensure that the translations reflect the meaning of the Charter across cultures, regions and continents. Regarding the future translation to your language, feel free to contact Carolina Latorre, Water Policy and Regulation lead.

Lisabonská Charta*   Czech
Lisbon Charter   English
 Charte de Lisbonne   French
里斯本宪章      Mandarin Chinese
Carta de Lisboa   Portuguese
Carta de la Lisabona   Romanian
 La Carta de Lisboa   Spanish
リスボン憲章   Japanese


* Originally published in SOVAK – Časopis oboru vodovodů a kanalizací (SOVAK – The journal of branch of water supply and sewerage), 2016, 25(10): 302-307. Special thanks to IWA member, Dr Frantisek Kozisek who led the translation; and to Ing. Macková Želmíra and Ing. Lucia Lóžiová from the Department of Supervision and Regulation of Water Sector, Ministry of Agriculture, who kindly provided inputs to this document.

Carolina Latorre

Member Engagement Senior Officer
Carolina is a Chilean attorney at law with practice in administrative and corporate law in her country, including regulatory work in addition to litigation on a variety of issues related to regulated industries and natural resources (water rights). A... Read full biography