Modernising water: articulating custom in water governance in Australia and Timor-Leste

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This paper has four aims:

1.To describe the customary water governance systems of two neighbouring countries (Australia and Timor Leste), each at a different stage of reforming their water sectors

2.Examine the difficulties faced in asserting indigenous and local rights to control waterscapes 

3.Reveal lessons 

4.Illustrate 2 themes relating to empowerment:

•Recognition and prioritisation of community managed systems

•Inclusion of ethical concerns and people/nature inter-relationships