Rights, Responsibilities, and Tenure in the Water of Leith Basins

This paper concerns the basins, areas of water at the mouth of the water of Leith notionally separated by road bridges, and their adjacent areas. The use of these basins is strongly contested between residents and the private sector, with tensions exacerbated by controversial planning processes and decisions. A baseline study is urgently needed to determine the current state of rights, responsibilities and tenure over the basin water, solum (accruing silt on the river bed), banks, and quays. The study will assist community advocacy for transparent, fair and inclusive spatial planning, investment, project implementation and regulation. Research outputs will form a basis for negotiation and advocacy toward strengthened and representative governance between residents, government and private sector actors.

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