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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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Trust and engagement in flood governance

This chapter looks at the Principles associated with trust and engagement of water governance. It highlights the importance of stakeholder engagement, integrity, transparency and accountability in decision making at several levels. It also points to what extent the governance systems can make trade-offs across water uses as well as the need for being able to monitor and evaluate progress made and where gaps are to be filled. It applies the Checklist and makes observations and analysis of Principles in relation to flood governance, it points to particular areas of improvement and finally it points to examples of ways forward. It uses a number of examples from the case studies to illustrate the importance of trust among stakeholders as one important element that can strengthen implementation of flood related policies and other measures.

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