Water Governance in Cities

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Urban, demographic and climate trends are increasingly exposing cities to risks of having too little, too much and too polluted water. Facing these challenges requires robust public policies and sound governance frameworks to co-ordinate across multiple scales, authorities, and policy domains. Building on a survey of 48 cities in OECD countries and emerging economies, the report analyses key factors affecting urban water governance, discusses trends in allocating roles and responsibilities across levels of government, and assesses multi-level governance gaps in urban water management. It provides a framework for mitigating territorial and institutional fragmentation and raising the profile of water in the broader sustainable development agenda, focusing in particular on the contribution of metropolitan governance, rural-urban partnerships and stakeholder engagement.



Factors shaping urban water governance

This chapter analyses key factors affecting water management in cities. These endogenous and exogenous factors shape urban governance by requiring adaptation to changing circumstances, in terms of capacities, data collection, information disclosure and stakeholder engagement, amongst others. The chapter argues that understanding the factors shaping urban water governance can help to devise more effective answers and determine priorities, and concludes with an overview of the challenges cities are facing or are likely to face according to their features by size, spatial patterns, demographic dynamics and metropolitan governance.


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