Regional development

Cities and Water Governance

 

WATER GOVERNANCE IN CITIES

All around the world, cities are facing risks of floods, droughts and water pollution. The quality of water service delivery is threatened by ageing infrastructure and investment backlog. Territorial reforms (decentralisation, merger of municipalities, etc.) also have implications on how water is managed, at which scale and by whom. In this context, governance is key to move from crisis to risk management, catalyse finance and foster efficiency, and increase awareness and accountability.

The OECD project addresses three policy questions:

  • What can be done at the local level to prepare urban water governance to the future?

  • What should cities do in co-operation with their hinterland?

  • How to enhance national/local co-operation on urban water governance?

 

PUBLICATION

Building on a survey of 48 cities in OECD countries and emerging economies, the OECD report Water Governance in Cities analyses key factors affecting urban water governance, discusses trends in allocating roles and responsibilities across levels of government, and assesses multi-level governance gaps in urban water management.

The report targets local decision makers and provides insights on governance practices at urban level for a more efficient, effective and inclusive water governance. It was launched at the Cities and Water Conference, Leewarden, Netherlands on 11 February 2016. 

Project concept note:

Questionnaire

Launch of the report Water Governance in Cities

Related OECD publications

Water and Cities - Ensuring Sustainable Futures (2015)
The Governance of Water Regulators (2015)

Compare how cities across the world are shaping up to the challenges of water governance. 

BRAZIL

CANADA

CHINA

CZECH REPUBLIC

DENMARK

FRANCE

 

GERMANY

GREECE

HUNGARY

ITALY

JAPAN

KOREA

MEXICO

NORWAY

NETHERLANDS

POLAND

PORTUGAL

SPAIN

SINGAPORE

SWEDEN

UNITED KINGDOM

UNITED STATES

 

 

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