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- Recent release -
An article was recently published in the International Journal on Water Governance about OECD work on water governance. More specifically, it discusses key findings and policy recommendations from the OECD report “Water Governance in the Netherlands: Fit for the Future?”.
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- Up-coming event -
OECD Multi-stakeholder Workshop
Stakeholder Engagement for Effective Water Governance
19 September 2014, OECD Headquarters, Paris
The OECD workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the key findings and policy recommendations from the project on Stakeholder Engagement for Effective Water Governance, undertaken by the Working Group n°1 of the OECD Water Governance Initiative. It aims to provide evidence-based assessment on the main obstacles to stakeholder engagement in water policy and projects and collect best practices.
>> Draft agenda available soon.
To attend, kindly register online before 10 August 2014
For any questions, please contact Delphine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Why does water governance matter?
The “water crisis” is mainly a governance crisis
Managed correctly, there is enough water on earth for all, but managing water is a complex issue involving multiple stakeholders from all levels of government with different views and objectives. A lack of effective management of these interdependent stakeholders can hinder the efficient design and implementation of water policy reform.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to water governance challenges
Water policies need to be tailored to local characteristics and concerns. Whether in developed or developing countries, whether water is scarce or plentiful, common challenges can be identified so that proper responses can be developed. To tackle these challenges, countries need to take stock of lessons learnt, identify good practices and develop tools to create effective, fair and sustainable water policies. These solutions must be developed and implemented by all stakeholders and at all levels of government
OECD Programme on Water Governance
As part of the OECD Horizontal Programme on Water, extensive work is being undertaken to help policymakers deal with critical water governance challenges, make specific water reforms happen, and improve the outcomes of water policies.
The OECD Water Governance Programme is dedicated to analysing multi-level governance and coordination challenges in the water sector, and providing countries with customized policy guidance accordingly.
OECD Water Governance Initiative
The OECD Initiative on Water Governance (WGI) is an international multi-stakeholder network of public, private and non-for-profit stakeholders. It is gathering twice a year in a Policy Forum to share on-going reforms, projects, lessons and good practices in support of better governance in the water sector.
The WGI carries out its activities through 4 Thematic Working Groups on stakeholder engagement; governance and performance of water services; basin governance; and integrity and transparency; in close collaboration with Regional Partners in the different continents.
>> About the WGI
As part of the activities of the Working Group n°4 on integrity and transparency, the OECD, Transparency International, Water Integrity Network and Stockholm International Water Institute hosted a Water Integrity Workshop on 20 March 2014, in Paris. The event gathered more than 60 experts, to discuss challenges and best practices in promoting integrity in water services and resources management, across OECD and non OECD countries.
>> Workshop Report
WGI Plenary meetings
The 3rd WGI Meeting was held on 28-29 April 2014, in Madrid, Spain, under the auspices of the Spanish Development Co-operation Agency, the Secretary General for International Development Co-operation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The meeting gathered more than 90 members of the Initiative, and 45 observers to discuss ongoing developments in the Global Water Agenda, exchange on water reforms in selected countries, and identify key policy messages and guidance to be included in Principles and Indicators on Water Governance under preparation.
The 2nd WGI Meeting took place on 7-8 November 2013 in OECD Headquarters, Paris. The meeting gathered around 100 delegates to discuss recent developments in the global water agenda; kick-off the thematic work of the Initiative; and share key messages from on-going water governance reforms, publications and events.
An Inventory of water governance tools, practices & guidelines
The Inventory was prepared to support the work of the OECD Water Governance Initiative. It gathers more than 100 governance tools, water and non-water specific, and is structured around 4 thematic building blocks:
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Performance & Governance of Water Supply and Sanitation
- Basin Governance
- Integrity & Transparency
The Inventory will be up-dated regularly.
Publications on Water Governance
>> The full list of Water Governance publications can also be consulted here.
The 6th World Water Forum
12-17 March 2012, Marseille, France
Key messages and outcomes of the "Good Governance" sessions
This report was prepared with the contribution of the members of the “Good Governance” Core Group, and summarizes key messages and outcomes from the governance discussions in Marseille.
The report provides a summary of the governance sessions as well as the recommendations and commitments formulated during the Forum to support the implementation of the agreed-upon targets up to the 7th World Water Forum (12-17 April 2015, Korea).
Good Governance as a condition for success
In 2011-2012, 400 contributors in six taskforces worked together under OECD leadership, to develop concrete, measurable and achievable “solutions” to foster good governance in the water sector. These solutions were gathered in a synthesis report, produced for the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille.
Nine “Good Governance” official sessions were organised during the Forum, as well as 4 related sessions in the Regional Process of the 6th WWF.
>> Find out more on the OECD participation to the 6th World Water Forum.
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