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Title:The Lesotho Highlands Water Projects and environmental law: a case study in the light of 'our common future'
Author:MacAuslan, P.
Year:1987
Periodical:Lesotho Law Journal: A Journal of Law and Development
Volume:3
Issue:2
Pages:41-65
Language:English
Geographic term:Lesotho
Subjects:environmental law
water
Abstract:Neither the socioenvironmental provisions of the Treaty on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project between the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Government of the Republic of South Africa, signed in October 1986, nor those of the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority Order, promulgated in November 1986, measure up to what may fairly be called the 'internationally recognized standards' of environmental law. Nor did the practice following the production of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the Project, as described in supporting Report C to the Feasibility Study, dated April 1986, for no opportunity was given to the affected communities, the public generally, or recognized experts or groups to comment. The socioenvironmental dimension to the Project was not seen by the consultants as an integral part of the Project, but as a kind of preliminary hurdle to overcome before the Project could get under way. (The article is the text of a public lecture delivered at the Palace, Maseru, Lesotho, May 26, 1987.) Ref.