The Roundtable on Financing Water is a global public-private platform established by the OECD, the World Water Council and the Netherlands. It draws upon political leadership and technical expertise, with the ambition of facilitating increased financing of investments that contribute to water security and sustainable growth. Watch leading water experts' videos on perspectives on financing water.Read more
Water is a global issue as much as it is a local issue. Water is life – anyone will tell you that. However, when was the last time you thought about water and the role it plays in the global economy? Listen to this podcast on the Water Economy with Xavier Leflaive, Water Team Leader, OECD Environment DirectorateRead more
Intense exploitation of our oceans and seas is degrading marine biodiversity and ecosystems at an alarming rate. The report "Marine Protected Areas: Economics, Management and Effective Policy Mixes" presents good practice insights for effectively managing marine protected areas (MPAs), one of the policy instruments available for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity and ecosystems.Read more
OECD work on biodiversity, water and natural resources management focuses on policy analysis to help ensure more environmentally effective, cost-efficient and equitable outcomes.
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MISSED THE green talks on FINANCING WATER: INVESTING IN SUSTAINABLE GROWTH? WATCH THE VIDEO RECORDING
On 9 April 2018, Haje Schütte of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, Xavier Leflaive and Kathleen Dominique of the OECD Environment Directorate, and Esther Delbourg, Head of Responsible Insurance at AXA, discussed the challenges of financing water, innovative solutions and ways forward to accelerate action. The presentation drew on emerging messages from The Roundtable on Financing Water.
What policies and financing approaches can help to unlock investment and mobilise additional sources of capital? How to ensure that financing flows to investments that contribute most to water security and sustainable growth?
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require a historic scaling up of investment in water. The benefits from strategic investment in water security could exceed hundreds of billions of dollars annually by delivering valuable water services and reducing risks of flood and drought. To date, a strong economic case for water-related investment has failed to translate into a compelling financing case at scale globally.
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