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.



OECD Principles on Water Governance: Taking stock

This chapter describes the rationale, process and content of the OECD Principles on Water Governance. The Principles provide a framework to understand whether water governance systems are performing optimally and to help adjust them where necessary. A number of examples show that the Principles have been applied across difference scales, stakeholders and sectors, either as a tool to understand how water governance systems are performing at local, basin or national level, or as a reading template to guide decisions for water stakeholders and institutions on specific water functions. The chapter concludes with the results of a survey carried out across members of the OECD Water Governance Initiative and the broader Global Coalition for Good Water Governance on the use and dissemination of the Principles.


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