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Toolkit for Water Policies and Governance
Converging Towards the OECD Council Recommendation on Water
The Toolkit for Water Policies and Governance compiles policies, governance arrangements
and related tools that facilitate the design and implementation of water management
practices in line with the OECD Council Recommendation on Water. It is designed to
inspire and support countries which have either adhered to, are considering adhering
to, or aim to converge towards the OECD standard.
The Recommendation was unanimously adopted by the OECD Council in December 2016. The
adoption marked the outcome of a two-year consultation process with delegates from
ministries active in the fields of agriculture, development assistance, environment,
public governance, regional development, and regulatory policy, as well as with relevant
stakeholders (the business sector, trade unions, environmental organisations) and
the OECD Water Governance Initiative.
The Recommendation puts forward an international standard with high-level policy guidance
on a range of topics relevant for the management of water resources and delivery of
water services. The areas covered include managing water quantity, water risks and
disasters, improving water quality, ensuring good water governance as well as sustainable
finance, investment and pricing for water services.
The practices reported in the toolkit have been compiled by the OECD Secretariat,
in close consultation with delegates from adhering countries. Regular updates will
be made available.
Published on March 22, 2021Also available in: French
Launch of OECD Water Days and Toolkit for Water Policies and Governance
This high-level virtual meeting with our Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, kicked off OECD Water Days 2021, showcasing the overarching policy guidance developed by the OECD for governments to strengthen their water policies, especially as part of country recovery strategies – notably the Council Recommendation on Water – and testimonies from select ministers on pressing and emerging water challenges.
The OECD Toolkit for Water Policies and Governance was launched to support better water policies for better lives across governments and stakeholders in OECD member and non-member countries.
Introductory Remarks by Mr. Ángel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
Moderator: Mr John Curnow, Chair, OECD Environment Policy Committee
H.E. Teresa Ribera, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Ecological Transition, Spain
Ms Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands
H.E. Gilberto Silva, Minister for Agriculture and Environment, Cabo Verde
Ms Radhika Fox, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, US EPA
Dr Jae-hyeon Park, President of the Asia Water Council, CEO of K-water (video message)