Biodiversity, water and natural resource management
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 will be participating in the 7th World Water Forum (WWF) in Korea from 12-17 April 2015.
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- Cities slickers and water security: governments getting their hands dirty, blog by Xavier Leflaive, Environment Directorate | 21 March 2015
- The OECD will be taking part in the 7th World Water Forum (WWF) in Korea from 12-17 April 2015. The OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, will be chairing several high-level panels. The OECD will be launching:
- A Policy Statement on ‘Catalysing Water Security for Sustainable Economic Growth’ (flyer)
- The policy messages that derive from the High-Level Panel on Financing Infrastructure for a Water Secure World
- Four new 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’.
The OECD also aims to advance the development of the OECD principles on Water Governance.
- Speeches by the OECD's Secretary-General, Mr Angel Gurría: Water-Energy-Food: Taking on the Nexus and Financing Infrastructure for a Water Secure World.
- Partnerships for water security, blog by Simon Upton, OECD Environment Director, on The Economist Insight, 28 October 2014.
- Release of the publications: Seine Basin, Île-de-France, 2014: Resilience to Major Floods, and Water Governance: Overcoming the Challenges to Private Sector Participation and Water Governance in Tunisia and in Jordan.
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