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.



Effectiveness of flood governance

This chapter looks at the Principles related to effectiveness of water governance. It brings attention to flood governance in association with the importance of defining and implementing clear institutional roles and responsibilities, policy coherence, the need for appropriate capacities to implement and manage floods at appropriate scales. It applies the Checklist and makes observations and analysis of each Principle, it points to particular areas of improvement and it points to examples of ways forward. The chapter contains case study examples highlighting flood governance under different contexts.


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