April 13, 2015 SDGsSociety

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 references 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 Isabela Espindola, Membership Engagement Senior Officer.

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.

Isabela Espindola

Senior Officer (YWPs and Water Policy & Regulation) - Strategic Programmes & Membership Engagement
Dr Isabela Espindola is a Senior Officer at the International Water Association (IWA), where she leads the engagement of the Young Water Professionals (YWPs) Community and the Water Policy and Regulation agenda. She has over 10 years of experience in... Read full biography