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Evolving Water Governance Practices

Evolving Water Governance Practices

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This tool provides 50+ examples that document the implementation of the OECD Principles on Water Governance. The evolving practices provide lessons learnt at various levels (local, basin, national) as well as for policy frameworks, institutions and policy instruments, and could help with future implementation of the principles in interested cities, basins, regions and countries. It is aimed at policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders wanting to learn from each other and aims to help them identify pitfalls to avoid when designing and implementing water policies.
Building block(s)
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Planning Monitoring and Review
Capacity Development
Both national and subnational
Both urban and rural
Organization responsible for the tool
OECD - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Detailed description of Tool

This tool is proposed in the report on Implementing the OECD Principles on Water Governance and sets out 54 examples of evolving water governance practices that illustrate the implementation of the OECD Principles on Water Governance. A way forward to support the implementation of the OECD Principles on Water Governance is to identify, collect and scale-up practices that can help governments and stakeholders move from vision to action. Practices illustrate how OECD countries and non-OECD economies have designed and implemented effective, efficient and inclusive water governance systems. They are meant to be replicable and support peer-to-peer dialogue and bench learning across different stakeholders within cities, regions, basins and countries.

Practices help policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders learn from each other and highlight results and lessons learnt that can inspire similar cases. Learning from evolving water governance practices is about gaining insights from real examples, looking at what works (or has worked) and seeing how others have dealt with challenges. It can also be about learning what does not work, and what successful stakeholders do differently.

Collected through a bottom-up process amongst members of the Water Governance Initiative and the Global Coalition for Good Water Governance, the practices were analysed at face value to showcase how water governance works in practice across geographical context, scales (international, national, regional, basin, local), time frames (from less than a year to more than ten years), actors involved and water functions. Three critical elements are common to the success of all these practices: stakeholder engagement, financing and political will. The practices show that improved water governance generates positive welfare effects on social and environmental well-being and sustained economic growth.

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