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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Supporting the diffusion of innovative pathways for urban water management

The chapter outlines the potential benefits of innovative approaches to urban water management, as well as barriers to their implementation. It covers both technical and non-technical innovation and shows that innovation does not need to be high-tech. It pays particular attention to green infrastructures, smart water systems, distributed infrastructure and urban planning: innovation in these areas can contribute to urban water security, with appropriate business models, at least cost for the communities.

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