Water and Cities

Ensuring Sustainable Futures

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This report focuses on the urban water management challenges facing cities across OECD countries, and explores both national and local policy responses with respect to water-risk exposure, the state of urban infrastructures and dynamics, and institutional and governance architectures. The analyses focus on four mutually dependent dimensions – finance, innovation, urban-rural co-operation and governance – and proposes a solutions-oriented typology based on urban characteristics. The report underlines that sustainable urban water management will depend on collaboration across different tiers of government working together with local initiatives and stakeholders.

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A framework for city-level water management

This chapter examines the main water-related challenges facing cities in OECD countries now and in the future. Central to these challenges are the risks associated with water abundance, water scarcity, water pollution, water ecosystem resilience and the distinctive ways in which cities in OECD countries have managed these risks so far through infrastructures and governance. The chapter proposes a framework to analyse policy responses to these challenges, combining four dimensions: financing, innovation, urban-rural interface and governance. Subsequent chapters explore each dimension further.

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