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Applying the OECD Principles on Water Governance to Floods

A Checklist for Action

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This report uses the OECD Principles on Water Governance as a tool for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue and practical assessment of the performance of flood governance systems. It applies the Principles to flood-prone contexts to help strengthen governance frameworks for managing the risks of “too much” water. By 2050, 1.6 billion people will be at risk of flooding, affecting nearly 20% of the world’s population at an increasing rate and many times over with dire social, economic and environmental consequences. In this report, a checklist is proposed as a self-assessment tool for stakeholders in flood management, based on lessons learned from 27 case studies that feature practical experiences and highlight common features and key challenges in flood governance.

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Managing floods today – Setting the scene

This chapter outlines some of the main challenges and drivers to floods. It points to some particular needs of reducing flood risks by not only working on conventional approaches but to work on coordination of policy measures (such as between water and land management) and more comprehensive multi-level governance approaches. The chapter presents some of the methodological elements and considerations of developing the OECD Checklist for Assessing Flood Governance Arrangements. The analytical framework of the Checklist is based on the 12 OECD Principles on Water Governance that aim to assist governments and stakeholders to improve water governance systems to help manage water resources and water services challenges of “too much”, “too little” or “too polluted” water. Finally, the chapter discusses the collection of the 27 case studies in both OECD and non-OECD countries that have informed the report.

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