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.



The current water allocation landscape

This chapter presents the main findings from the OECD Survey of Water Resources Allocation covering 37 examples of allocation regimes from 27 OECD and key partner countries (BRIICS as well as Colombia, Costa Rica, and Peru). The survey captured information on the current design and functioning of allocation regimes. Overall, the survey provides a solid basis to identify opportunities to improve the performance of current allocation arrangements and informed the development of the policy guidance on allocation presented in the health check of .


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