Regional, rural and urban development

Applying the OECD Principles on Water Governance to Floods

A Checklist for Action

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Published on June 20, 2019

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.


Executive summary
Managing floods today – Setting the scene
Effectiveness of flood governance
Efficiency of flood governance
Trust and engagement in flood governance
OECD Checklist for Assessing Flood Governance Arrangements
List of case study promoters
Glossary of Terms
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Launch event 

20-21 June 2019 Berlin

The report will be launched at the 12th meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative in Berlin, Germany. The meeting will gather 80+ practitioners, policymakers and representatives from major stakeholder groups. 



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



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