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Toolkit for Water Policies and Governance

Converging Towards the OECD Council Recommendation on Water

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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.

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Ensuring sustainable finance, investment and pricing for water and water services

This chapter presents Adherents’ experience with ensuring sustainable finance, investment and pricing for water resources management and water services, in line with the OECD Recommendation on Water. The chapter describes the principles for financing water resources management. It explores how Adherents aim for the greatest social returns to investments by exploring options that can minimise financing needs, taking stock of existing assets, developing strategic financial plans and setting up independent reviews. Finally, the chapter focuses on diversifying revenue streams and tapping into new sources of capital.

English Also available in: French

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