Water Resources Allocation

Sharing Risks and Opportunities

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Water resources allocation determines who is able to use water resources, how, when and where. It directly affects the value (economic, ecological, socio-cultural) that individuals and society obtain from water resources. This report overviews how allocation works in a range of countries and how the performance of allocation arrangements can be improved to adjust to changing conditions.

Capturing information from 27 OECD countries and key partner economies, the report presents key findings from the OECD Survey of Water Resources Allocation and case studies of successful allocation reform. It provides practical policy guidance for water allocation in the form of a "health check", which can be used to assess the performance of current arrangements and manage the transition to improved regimes.



A Health Check for Water Resources Allocation

This chapter sets out a health check for improving the performance of allocation regimes. It builds on both the analytical framework for allocation developed in as well as the practical experience of a range of examples collected via the OECD Survey of Water Resources Allocation analysed in . It uses a series of checks to identify whether key elements of an allocation regime are in place and how their performance could be improved. In some cases, several options for the design of elements are proposed.


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