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Implementing the OECD Principles on Water Governance

Indicator Framework and Evolving Practices

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Published on March 21, 2018

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Water and its improved governance are critical for economic growth, social inclusiveness and environmental sustainability. Three years after the adoption of the OECD Water Governance Principles, this report takes stock of their use and dissemination. It provides a water governance indicator framework and a set of evolving practices for bench-learning, building on lessons learned from different countries and contexts.
 
Based on an extensive bottom up and multi-stakeholder process within the OECD Water Governance Initiative (WGI), these tools are conceived of as voluntary methodologies to be carried out at country, region, basin and/or city levels to improve water policies. The indicator framework is composed of a traffic light system based on 36 input and process indicators and a checklist with questions on a number of more specific governance conditions. The framework concludes with an action plan to help prioritise steps towards better design and implementation of water policies.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface
Foreword
OECD Principles on Water Governance: Taking stock
OECD Water Governance Indicator Framework
Evolving practices on water governance
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LAUNCH EVENT

The OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, launched the OECD report Implementing the OECD Principles on Water Governance: Indicator Framework and Evolving Practices on 21 March 2018 in Brasilia on the occasion of the 8th World Water Forum.

The Secretary-General also received the Hassan II Great World Water Prize awarded by the Government of Morocco and the World Water Council, in recognition of his leadership, and the achievements of the Organisation, in the water area. 

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Speech by Lamia Kamal-Chaoui

 

THE OECD PRINCIPLES ON WATER GOVERNANCE

Water demand will increase 55% by 2050 due to growing demand from manufacturing, thermal electricity generation and domestic use. Managing and securing access to water for all is not only a question of money, but equally a matter of good governance.

The OECD Water Governance Principles provide the 12 must-do for governments to design and implement effective, efficient, and inclusive water policies. To date, the Principles have been endorsed by 170+ stakeholder groups or governments, which are gathered within the Global Coalition for Good water Governance by 35 OECD Member Countries, 7 Non-Member Countries and 140 Stakeholder Groups.

Learn more about the OECD Water Governance Programme

 

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Implementing the OECD Principles on Water Governance

Three years after the adoption of the OECD Water Governance Principles, the OECD launched a report on Implementing the OECD Principles on Water Governance which takes stock of their use and dissemination.

The report proposes two major tools for interested cities, basins, regions and countries to strengthen their water policies:

1. First, it provides the OECD Water Governance Indicator Framework, a self-assessment tool to measure, assess and take action collectively.

2. Second, it sets out 54 concrete stories illustrating the implementation of the OECD Principles on Water Governance.

ACCESS THE EVOLVING WATER GOVERNANCE PRACTICES

Access the water governance practices and indicator pilot tests on the map below:

Indicator pilot tests Water practices 
Note: The information contained in the 50+ profiles and the 11 pilot tests was reported at face value, based on a submission by the practice providers and pilot-tests promoters to the OECD Water Governance Initiative. Any bias or errors in the original data or text is the sole responsibility of the practice providers and pilot-tests promoter. Practices and pilot tests should under no circumstance be considered as a vetting, assessment or certification by the OECD.
 

This map was developed thanks to the generous support of Suez.