Biodiversity, water and natural resource management

Global Forum on Environment: Making Water Reform Happen

 

Programme Session Presentations | Target Audience | Video Related links | Contact

 

OECD Conference Centre, Paris

 25-26 October 2011

Well-managed water systems are a fundamental policy goal for all countries and can be an important driver for green growth. Yet significant gaps persist between aspirations to ensure access to sufficient and sustainable quantities of good quality water and the actual conditions on the ground. Identifying appropriate policies and approaches for integrative water policy is only a first step - implementation is essential. 

 

Photo: Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD at the opening of the Global Forum

 Opening of the Global Forum on Environment: Making Water Reform Happen

 

 Objectives

  • To identify the challenges of designing and implementing water policy reforms and strategies to address them;
  • To gain a better understanding of how integrated water policy reforms can be implemented in specific contexts incorporating well-recognised principles of environmental policy (e.g. the polluter pays principle, removing environmentally harmful subsidies), a sound economic basis (e.g. sustainable cost recovery) and good governance; and
  • To provide an opportunity for developing and developed countries to share experiences about past and on-going water policy reforms and to identify key factors for improving the prospects for success.

 Programme and Background Papers

Rapporteur's Report

Programme of Events

 

 Session Presentations

Framing the Reform Challenges

Water Reform at the National Level

Water, Agriculture, Energy and Environment Linkages

Meeting the Water Supply and Sanitation Challenge

 

 Target Audience

The Global Forum gathered over 250 participants from both OECD member and non-member countries, including senior government officials, sub-national authorities, and regulators; business leaders; leaders of non-governmental organisations and other civil society organisations; and leading water experts.


 

 Video

   

Water: Price it right, use it well

OECD Secretary-General says water is a precious resource and must be priced accordingly.

 

 

 Related links

The Water Challenge: OECD's Response

The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030 has identified water as one of the four critical environmental priorities for the coming two decades.

    Agricultural Water Management

Agriculture is responsible for approximately 70% of water use worldwide.  Agriculture is a major user of land and water resources and has significant environmental impacts.          

Water and Multilevel Governance

Water can be perceived as a local concern, however its efficient, sustainable and equitable management requires an integrated approach involving multiple stakeholders.

  Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation

Countries the world over face mounting challenges in providing safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation services – from meeting the water targets in the Millennium Development Goals to complying with increasingly stringent environmental standards.

 Contact

For more information on OECD work on Water, please contact water@oecd.org

For information on the OECD Conference Centre, please see www.oecd.org/conferencecentre

 

 

 

Countries list

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • European Union
  • Faeroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao (China)
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Administered Areas
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Serbia and Montenegro (pre-June 2006)
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands (UK)
  • Wallis and Futuna Islands
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe