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Investing in and managing water and sanitation is a complex challenge. In the context of the Global Forum on Environment this week, OECD looks at the financial realities of funding water infrastructure.
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This policy brief provides a comprehensive overview of key issues in the financing of water and sanitation and presents a number of tools and approaches developed by the OECD to assist policy makers and practitioners in this area.
Better water management is vital to meet human needs, sustain economic activities, and achieve environmental goals. Yet, governments face challenges in navigating the political economy of reform in the water sector.
Providing sustainable drinking water supply and sanitation services requires sound financial basis and strategic financial planning to ensure that existing and future financial resources are commensurate with investment needs as well as the costs of operating and maintaining services.
The OECD maintains an active progamme of water-related events. A list of recent and upcoming events can be found on this page.
The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030 has identified water as one of the four critical environmental priorities for the coming two decades. On current trends, 47% of the world’s population will live in areas of high water stress in 2030. The world has enough water resources, but it needs to manage them better.
Would people invest more in clean water if they knew just how expensive dirty water is? World Water Day is an opportunity to remind governments worldwide that they have a responsibility to invest in clean water for the health of their citizens and their environments.
This publication draws together and summarises existing information on the benefits of water and sanitation. The provision of water supply, sanitation and wastewater services generates substantial benefits for public health, the economy and the environment.
The OECD convened an expert workshop on Mobilising Private Sector Finance for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use on 9 March 2011. Increasing levels of finance for biodiversity will be necessary to help achieve more effective conservation and sustainable use....
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This flyer provides an overview of OECD's continuing strong commitment to providing policy guidance on improving water policy through its work on the economic, institutional and policy responses to the water challenge.