This study is a comparative assessment of the regulatory frameworks applicable to dam safety in 22 countries. The first section of the book describes the dam safety regulation framework in each of the 22 countries. The second provides a comparative analysis of these regulatory frameworks and details the different approaches used by the 22 countries. The final section offers recommendations on the contents of a dam safety regulatory framework. The study lists essential elements needed in all dam safety regulatory frameworks. Also discussed are a number of emerging trends in dam safety and the book includes seven appendices which contain a dam safety statute and a sample operations, maintenance and surveillance manual.