Applying the OECD Principles on Water Governance to Floods
A Checklist for Action
This report uses the OECD Principles on Water Governance as a tool for multi-stakeholder
policy dialogue and practical assessment of the performance of flood governance systems.
It applies the Principles to flood-prone contexts to help strengthen governance frameworks
for managing the risks of “too much” water. By 2050, 1.6 billion people will be at
risk of flooding, affecting nearly 20% of the world’s population at an increasing
rate and many times over with dire social, economic and environmental consequences.
In this report, a checklist is proposed as a self-assessment tool for stakeholders
in flood management, based on lessons learned from 27 case studies that feature practical
experiences and highlight common features and key challenges in flood governance.
The OECD Water Governance Initiative is a multi-stakeholder network of 100+ delegates from public, private and non-profit sectors gathering twice a year in a Policy Forum to share on-going reforms, projects, lessons and good practices in support of better governance in the water sector. It was launched on 27-28 March 2013 and is chaired by Peter Glas, Delta Commissioner of the Netherlands. The WGI is hosted by the OECD, and coordinated by a multi-stakeholder steering committee.
The OECD Principles on Water Governance to Floods in action