Biodiversity, water and natural resource management
The water challenge: OECD's response
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. Ministers from OECD’s 34 member countries welcomed, on 4 June 2015, the new OECD Principles on Water Governance, which set standards for more effective, efficient and inclusive design and implementation of water policies, and encouraged governments to put them into action.
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.
Events l Policy Areas l Publications l Blogs, Articles & Speeches l Videos l Other information
- Innovation and water management – new ideas and challenges, Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, at Stockholm Junior Water Prize Ceremony | 17 May 2016.
- Carbon emissions all at sea: why was shipping left out of the Paris Climate Agreement? Insights Blogs by Shayne MacLachlan | 4 May 2016.
- Release of The Ocean Economy in 2030, this book shows how central the ocean economy is: global value added is estimated at over USD 3 trillion by 2030, and more than 40 million full-time eq. jobs | 27 April 2016.
- The OECD has been invited to be a Key Collaborating Partner for the organisation of the Stockholm World Water Week from 28 August-2 September 2016, advising and facilitating on the content and overall set-up of the event. The theme is "Water and Sustainable Growth".
- Background note on agriculture and water, OECD Meeting of Agriculture Ministers | April 2016.
- Agriculture and water: a major conundrum, Constructif N. 43, by Guillaume Gruère | March 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.
- Releases Water Governance in Cities, February 2016, and Mitigating Droughts and Floods in Agriculture - Policy Lessons and Approaches | January 2016.
| Global Water Governance – speech by OECD Secretary-General for UNSGAB’s meeting,
New York, November 2015
POLICY HIGHLIGHTS & PERSPECTIVES
Blogs, articles & speeches
- Flood, droughts and doubts, OECD Insights Blog post by Patrick Love | 17 February 2016.
- The water-energy-food-nexus: The imperative of policy coherence for sustainable development, Coherence for Development, Issue 6, by Carine Lindberg and Xavier Leflaive | December 2015
- A Californian enigma: Record-high agricultural revenues during the most severe drought in history, blog by Guilaume Gruère, OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate | December 2015
- Diving into empty pools, blog by Bill Below, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate | April 2015
- Water can be the source of a brighter future, OECD Observer editorial by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General | April 2015
- Cities slickers and water security: governments getting their hands dirty, blog by Xavier Leflaive, Environment Directorate | 2015
- The Ripple Effect: Water-Energy-Food Nexus, blog by Naazia Ebrahim, Environment Directorate | 2014
- Partnership for water security, by Simon Upton, The Economist Insights | 2014
- Rain doesn’t follow the plow: climate change, agriculture and water, blog by Patrick Love | 2014
- Fighting the tide, blog by Kathleen Dominique, Environment Directorate | 2014
- World Water Day: Big problems but there are solutions, blog by Patrick Love | 2013
- Water stewardship: Does the OECD practice what it preaches?, blog by Liisa-Maija Harju, Environmental Co-ordinator | 2012
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.
- OECD Observer articles - Environment & resources: water
- OECD Observer crosswords
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