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.
- Paris Floods: A Local Disaster, A Global Challenge, blog by Rolf Alter, Director of the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate | 3 June 2016.
- Towards a Recommendation on Water: Progress Report, Background Document, Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level | 1-2 June 2016
- Innovation and water management – new ideas and challenges, Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, at Stockholm Junior Water Prize Ceremony | 17 May 2016.
- The OECD continues work on water finance. The Roundtable on Water Finance, a joint initiative with the World Water Council and the Netherlands, ambitions to identify barriers to further investment in the water sector and propose ways forward. The Roundtable is a multi-year endeavour, which aims to deliver concrete outcomes at the World Water Forum 8 in March 2018 in Brasilia. Related publications include:
- a report by the OECD/Global Water Partnership Task Force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth ‘Securing Water, Sustaining -Growth’ and a ‘Policy Statement on "Water Security for Sustainable Economic Growth".
- a report on ‘Water: Fit to Finance?: Catalyzing National Growth through Investment in Water Security’, in partnership with the World Water Council.
POLICY HIGHLIGHTS & PERSPECTIVES
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WATER: TOWARDS A BRIGHTER FUTURE - oecd observer
- 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
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OECD work on water - Brochure
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