Urban, demographic and climate trends are increasingly exposing cities to risks of
having too little, too much and too polluted water. Facing these challenges requires
robust public policies and sound governance frameworks to co-ordinate across multiple
scales, authorities, and policy domains. Building on a survey of 48 cities in OECD
countries and emerging economies, the report analyses key factors affecting urban
water governance, discusses trends in allocating roles and responsibilities across
levels of government, and assesses multi-level governance gaps in urban water management.
It provides a framework for mitigating territorial and institutional fragmentation
and raising the profile of water in the broader sustainable development agenda, focusing
in particular on the contribution of metropolitan governance, rural-urban partnerships
and stakeholder engagement.