Environment in emerging and transition economies
The water challenge: OECD's response
The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction focuses on the four items identified as most pressing in previous OECD work. Water is one of them. The Outlook documents increasing competition between water users to access the resource. Farmers, and the environment, will have to compete with cities, energy suppliers, and several industries, to get the water they need. This create new risks (if any water user does not have access to the volume and quality of water it needs) and trade-offs (how should water be allocated between competing users?). OECD work on water aims at facilitating the reform of water policies, so that they are better attuned to these and related challenges. The OECD participated in the 7th World Water Forum (WWF) in Korea from 12-17 April 2015.
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The OECD took part in the 7th World Water Forum (WWF) in Korea from 12-17 April 2015. The OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, chaired several high-level panels and the OECD launched several milestone reports:
- Four OECD reports: ‘Water and Cities: Ensuring Sustainable Futures’, ‘Water Resources Allocation: Sharing Risks and Opportunities’, ‘The Governance of Water Regulators’ and ‘Stakeholder Engagement for Inclusive Water Governance’.
- In partnership with the Global Water Partnership and a global Task Force of leading economists, scientists and water managers, a report on ‘Securing Water, Sustaining -Growth’ and a Policy Statement on ‘Water Security for Sustainable Economic Growth’ (flyer: Global Dialogue on Water Security and Sustainable Growth).
- In partnership with the World Water Council, a report on ‘Water: Fit to Finance?: Catalyzing National Growth through Investment in Water Security’.
- Water can be the source of a brighter future, OECD Observer editorial by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, April 2015
- Water: Towards a brighter future, OECD Observer special edition on water, April 2015
OECD Secretary-General makes the case for action on wastewater management and water quality
Policy Highlights 2015
Policy Perspectives 2015