Research Handbook on Law, Environment and the Global South
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Research Handbook on Law, Environment and the Global South

Edited by Philippe Cullet and Sujith Koonan

This comprehensive Research Handbook offers an innovative analysis of environmental law in the global South and contributes to an important reassessment of some of its major underlying concepts. The Research Handbook discusses areas rarely prioritized in environmental law, such as land rights, and underlines how these intersect with issues including poverty, livelihoods and the use of natural resources, challenging familiar narratives around development and sustainability in this context and providing new insights into environmental justice.
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Chapter 20: Wastewater reuse in irrigated agriculture in urban and peri-urban India: a farmers’ rights perspective

Lovleen Bhullar


Wastewater serves as a source of reliable water supply for irrigated agriculture, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions, and guarantees food to consumers and livelihood for poor farmers. At the same time, there is a growing demand for the prevention or control of reuse of untreated or partially treated wastewater in irrigated agriculture, and the use of treated wastewater instead, following concerns relating to adverse impacts on human health and the environment. This chapter examines the scope and limits of the regulatory framework for the treatment, recycling and reuse of wastewater in irrigated agriculture in urban and peri-urban areas of India for the realisation of the rights to environment, food, health, livelihood and water. It also considers the regulatory framework as a site of conflict among rights and right-holders.

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