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An article was recently published in the International Journal on Water Governance about OECD work on water governance. More specifically, it discusses key findings and policy recommendations from the OECD report “Water Governance in the Netherlands: Fit for the Future?”.
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Why does water governance matter?
The “water crisis” is mainly a governance crisis
Managed correctly, there is enough water on earth for all, but managing water is a complex issue involving multiple stakeholders from all levels of government with different views and objectives. A lack of effective management of these interdependent stakeholders can hinder the efficient design and implementation of water policy reform.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to water governance challenges
Water policies need to be tailored to local characteristics and concerns. Whether in developed or developing countries, whether water is scarce or plentiful, common challenges can be identified so that proper responses can be developed. To tackle these challenges, countries need to take stock of lessons learnt, identify good practices and develop tools to create effective, fair and sustainable water policies. These solutions must be developed and implemented by all stakeholders and at all levels of government
OECD Programme on Water Governance
The Programme is dedicated to analysing multi-level governance and coordination challenges in the water sector, and providing countries with customized policy guidance. The objective is to help policymakers deal with governance bottlenecks, make specific water reforms happen, and improve the outcomes of water policies through evidence-based assessment, economic analysis, benchmarks, country specific policy dialogues and experience sharing on international best practice.
OECD Water Governance Initiative
About the Initiative
The OECD Water Governance Initiative (WGI) is an international multi-stakeholder network of public, private and non-for-profit stakeholders. It is 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 March 2013 by the Secretary General of the OECD, Angel Gurría.
The WGI carries out its activities through 4 Thematic Working Groups on:
- Stakeholder engagement
- Governance and performance of water services
- Basin governance
- Integrity and transparency
The Initiative also relies on Regional Partners in the different continents.
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Working Groups recent or planned activities
Water Governance for Future Cities
This project aims to assess the performance of urban water governance in 100+ cities or metropolitan areas above 500 000 inhabitants from OECD and non OECD countries. It will identify the main obstacles to effective water governance in cities, collect and showcase best practices and suggest policy recommendations to overcome institutional and territorial fragmentation and foster integrated urban water management in cities and their hinterlands. Results will be published in an OECD report to be released in 2015.
>> To learn more, read the project's concept note available in English, French, Spanish and Italian
Water Integrity Workshop - 20 March 2014 - Paris, France
The event gathered more than 60 experts, to discuss challenges and best practices in promoting integrity in water services and resources management, across OECD and non OECD countries.
WGI Plenary meetings
3rd Meeting - 28-29 April 2014 - Madrid, Spain
The meeting gathered more than 90 members of the Initiative, and 45 observers to discuss ongoing developments in the Global Water Agenda, exchange on water reforms in selected countries, and identify key policy messages and guidance to be included in Principles and Indicators on Water Governance under preparation.
2nd Meeting - 7-8 November 2013 - Paris, France
The meeting gathered around 100 delegates to discuss recent developments in the global water agenda; kick-off the thematic work of the Initiative; and share key messages from on-going water governance reforms, publications and events.
1st Meeting - 27-28 March 2013 - Paris, France
The kick-off meeting gathered 75 stakeholders, representing 25 countries, to take stock of the progress achieved since the 6th World Water Forum and discussed recent water governance reforms in OECD and non OECD countries.
An Inventory of water governance tools, practices & guidelines
The Inventory was prepared to support the work of the OECD Water Governance Initiative. It gathers more than 100 governance tools, water and non-water specific, and is structured around 4 thematic building blocks:
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Performance & Governance of Water Supply and Sanitation
- Basin Governance
- Integrity & Transparency
The Inventory will be up-dated regularly.
Publications on Water Governance
>> The full list of Water Governance publications can also be consulted here.
The 6th World Water Forum
12-17 March 2012, Marseille, France
Key messages and outcomes of the "Good Governance" sessions
This report was prepared with the contribution of the members of the “Good Governance” Core Group, and summarizes key messages and outcomes from the governance discussions in Marseille.
The report provides a summary of the governance sessions as well as the recommendations and commitments formulated during the Forum to support the implementation of the agreed-upon targets up to the 7th World Water Forum (12-17 April 2015, Korea).
Good Governance as a condition for success
In 2011-2012, 400 contributors in six taskforces worked together under OECD leadership, to develop concrete, measurable and achievable “solutions” to foster good governance in the water sector. These solutions were gathered in a synthesis report, produced for the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille.
Nine “Good Governance” official sessions were organised during the Forum, as well as 4 related sessions in the Regional Process of the 6th WWF.
>> Find out more on the OECD participation to the 6th World Water Forum.
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