Implementing the OECD Principles on Water Governance

Indicator Framework and Evolving Practices

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Water and its improved governance are critical for economic growth, social inclusiveness and environmental sustainability. Three years after the adoption of the OECD Water Governance Principles, this report takes stock of their use and dissemination. It provides a water governance indicator framework and a set of evolving practices for bench-learning, building on lessons learned from different countries and contexts.


Based on an extensive bottom up and multi-stakeholder process within the OECD Water Governance Initiative (WGI), these tools are conceived of as voluntary methodologies to be carried out at country, region, basin and/or city levels to improve water policies. The indicator framework is composed of a traffic light system based on 36 input and process indicators and a checklist with questions on a number of more specific governance conditions. The framework concludes with an action plan to help prioritise steps towards better design and implementation of water policies.




As a result of three years of work to support the implementation of the OECD Principles on Water Governance adopted by the OECD Regional Development Committee in 2015, this report proposes two supporting tools for interested cities, regions and countries to improve their water policies. First, the Water Governance Indicator Framework is intended as a voluntary and self-assessment tool to engage in multi-stakeholder dialogues on the performance of water governance systems. Second, a set of 54 evolving practices seek to provide a source of inspiration and stimulation for bench-learning. These supporting tools were produced through a bottom-up and multi stakeholder process within the OECD Water Governance Initiative, reflecting collective views, opinions and experiences.


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