Regional development

OECD Principles on Water Governance


Setting standards for more effective and inclusive water policies

Water demand will increase 55% by 2050 due to growing demand from manufacturing, thermal electricity generation and domestic use. Managing and securing access to water for all is not only a question of money, but equally a matter of good governance.

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The OECD Water Governance Principles provide the 12 must-do for governments to design and implement effective, efficient, and inclusive water policies.

To date, the OECD Principles on Water Governance have been endorsed by170+ stakeholder groups or governments, which are gathered within the Global Coalition for Good water Governance by 35 OECD Member Countries, 7 Non-Member Countries and 140 Stakeholder Groups.

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Implementing the OECD Principles on Water Governance

Three years after the adoption of the OECD Water Governance Principles, this report on Implementing the OECD Principles on Water Governance takes stock of their use and dissemination. It provides:

  • a water governance indicator framework, which provides a voluntary self-assessment tool to understand the performance of water governance systems at city, basin, regional or national scales
  • a set of evolving water practices, which comprises a set of 54 water governance practices collected to provide policy-makers and practitioners with concrete examples and lessons

Access the water governance indicator framework and the water governance practices on the map below: