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New Publication on Transboundary Water Cooperation

A new article entitled Improving governance in transboundary cooperation in water and climate change adaptation has come out in the journal "Water Policy." The authors examine the complexities of transboundary water governance in the face of climate change while simultaneously providing examples of lessons learned from almost a decade of cooperation on transboundary climate adaptation in water management under the UNECE Water Convention. The 63 lessons learned are also put into the context of the OECD principles on water governance. The paper concludes that developing climate change adaptation measures needs to improve in parallel the water governance system at transboundary scale.

You can find the publication online here.
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New OECD publication "Climate-resilient Infrastructure: Getting the Policies Right"

Climate change will affect all types of infrastructure, including energy, transport and water. Rising temperatures, increased flood risk and other potential hazards will threaten the reliable and efficient operation of these networks, with potentially large economic and social impacts. Decisions made now about the design, location and operation of infrastructure will determine how resilient they will be to a changing climate.

This paper provides a framework for action to help policy-makers ensure new and existing infrastructure is resilient to climate change.
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Share Your Water Governance Story

To support the implementation of the OECD Principles on Water Governance adopted in June 2015, the OECD Water Governance Initiative is currently working toward an online database of water governance “stories” that can inspire governments and stakeholders move from vision to action. The database, to be launched at the 8th World Water Forum (Brasilia, March 2018), will gather concrete examples that illustrate the OECD Principles in local, regional, basin, national or international contexts. Such practices can share success stories but also lessons learned from failed attempts, in any OECD member or non-member country.
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OECD Water Governance Initiative Survey

What do you look for when searching for best practices and case studies on water governance?

The OECD Water Governance Initiative is developing a database with local, basin, national and international practices to reach the standards behind the OECD Principles on Water Governance. In doing so, it strives i) not to duplicate what already exists; ii) to be relevant to end users from a policy, decision-making and practitioner perspective; and iii) to be sufficiently pragmatic and accessible to serve the purpose at the least cost. For these reasons, they want to hear from you!

OECD invites you to fill in a short online survey of 10 questions that should take no more than 10 minutes of your time by 9 November 2016.

The survey seeks to scope the expectations and needs of our partner institutions, networks and stakeholders when searching for water governance practices. The results will shape the process (of collecting practices), the content (of practices) and the final output (possible online format). Read More...
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Flood Risk Governance - OECD Call for case studies

The OECD has developed a Checklist for decision-makers and stakeholders to assess the performance of flood risk governance arrangements at different levels, in light of the 12 OECD Principles on Water Governance adopted in June 2015.

As foreseen in the project, OECD is extending a wide call for case studies to collect practical experience and draw policy lessons from a diversity of situations:
  • Those of you willing to participate are invited to fill-in the online Checklist by 2 November 2016 with a specific case of flood risk governance in mind;
  • Alternatively, you can also complete the Checklist in Word version accessible here and return it by email to the OECD Secretariat.
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OECD launches a Global Coalition for Good Water Governance

The following is a guest blog written by Aziza Akhmouch (OECD):

Achieving climate change and sustainable development goals is a shared responsibility across local, regional and national governments but also public, private and non-profit stakeholders. With economic, demographic and urbanisation trends, climate change places additional pressure on water resources and forces governments to do better with less when designing and implementing adaptation and mitigation strategies. This requires robust public policies, targeting measurable objectives in pre-determined time-schedules at the appropriate scale, relying on a clear assignment of duties across responsible authorities and subject to regular monitoring and evaluation. Since their adoption in June 2015, the OECD Principles on Water Governance have been endorsed by 140+ signatories, including several non-OECD countries and above 100 stakeholder groups involved in the OECD Water Governance Initiative. The OECD is currently expanding the base of signatories with a view to create a Global Coalition for Good Water Governance. Whether you represent an international, national, basin or local stakeholder, you are invited to endorse the OECD Principles by 24 August 2016 to join such a Coalition. This will give you opportunities to showcase your success stories, learn from international experience, access the best practice database and voice your views on water governance indicators under development. For more information, please contact aziza.akhmouch@oecd.org Read More...
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"The Economics of Climate and Water" Video Series

In May 2014 Kathleen Dominique of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was interviewed at length by the Secretariat Coordinator of AGWA, John Matthews. During this discussion, the two of them examined the role of economics in climate adaptation. Here are a couple of the installments. To view more of these brief videos in the series, click "Read More" below.


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