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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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Executive summary

Floods have severe impacts on human well-being, economies and ecosystems. The report applies the OECD Principles on Water Governance to flood management and unpacks challenges and key features of flood governance approaches, building on insights from 27 case studies from OECD member and non-member countries. For each Principle it provides a Checklist (Annex A) to support stakeholders’ self-assessment of flood governance policy frameworks (what), institutions (who), and instruments (how).

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