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.



Multi-level governance gaps in urban water management

This chapter identifies and analyses the primary governance bottlenecks cities face to effective water management within the context of the OECD Multi-level Governance Framework, “Mind the Gaps, Bridge the Gaps”. Such gaps are related to questions of scale mismatch (administrative gap), silos and fragmentation (policy gap), diverging rationales and objectives (objective gap), asymmetries of information (information gap), lack of capacity (capacity gap), insufficient resources (funding gap), integrity and transparency (accountability gap). This chapter portrays their relative importance across the 48 cities surveyed and paves the way for policy responses suggested in Chapter 5.


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