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.



Mapping who does what in urban water governance

Understanding who does what, at which level and how in water policy design and implementation is a first step to identify potential mismatches, overlaps, grey areas and to suggest ways forward for better co-ordination across multiple scales, authorities and policy domains. This chapter provides an institutional mapping of key water management functions in surveyed cities, by analysing the allocation of roles and responsibilities of central governments, local governments, service providers and other actors at the subnational level for drinking water, sewage collection, wastewater treatment, drainage and water security.


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