Biodiversity, water and natural resource management

The water challenge: OECD's response


The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction documents some of the consequences of having too much, too little, or too polluted water. Subsequent work has focused on managing water scarcity, water quality, and water-related disasters. It has identified governance and finance as essential enabling conditions. Some of the work focuses on water for agriculture or cities.

The OECD is endeavouring to capture policy recommendations that derive from its past and recent work on water in a single, consistent and action-oriented policy paper. This endeavour is expected to come to fruition at the end of 2016.

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  • Financial Managemeent of Flood Risks, this report applies the lessons from the OECD’s analysis of disaster risk financing practices and the development of guidance to the specific case of floods.







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Policy areas 

Blogs, articles & speeches


  • Water, like air and food, is our life support. It covers about 70% of the surface of our planet. But only 2.5% of it is fresh water, the rest being ocean, with a small fraction of that being available as drinking water. As a fragile resource, water must be nurtured with investment, management and care. From oceans and vaste rivers to the spring in the garden, we must safeguard our water as a source of well-being, prosperity and progress... We must turn water into a flow of new opportunities for green, inclusive, sustainable growth, OECD Secretary-General.

  • Water can be the source of a brighter future, OECD Observer editorial by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General | April 2015

  • OECD Observer articles - Environment & resources: water

  • OECD Observer crosswords

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Global Water Governance by OECD Secretary-General


OECD work on water - Brochure

further reading 


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