OECD Council Recommendation on Water


Adoption of the OECD Council Recommendation on Water on 13 December 2016.

The OECD has been providing policy guidance on water to OECD members and non-OECD member countries since the early 1970s, covering a wide range of issues including:

  • water quantity and quality management,
  • the management of water-related risks,
  • governance, and
  • pricing and financing water services and infrastructure.

It covers water uses in agriculture, urban water management and related issues.


The Recommendation captures the main messages that derive from that work. It builds on a 2-year consultation process with OECD member countries, and stakeholders, in particular members of the OECD Water Governance Initiative.

The Recommendation provides a unique source of policy guidance that help address the pressing issues that central and subnational authorities need to respond to.

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