The OECD Water Governance Initiative had its second meeting in Paris on 7 and 8 November. The meeting was attended by some 100 representatives of various organisations from around the world.

On the agenda were a discussion of the principles for good water management and the work of working groups that are to support water governance through experience sharing, analytical work and peer-to-peer dialogue.

Chairman was Peter Glas (fourth from right), president of the Dutch association of regional water boards.

dws-oecd-meeting-graphic-policy-areas-350px   Different co-ordination at high political level between water, agriculture, energy production and spatial planning.

Good water governance practices
In 2011 OECD published the report 'Water Governance in OECD Countries: a Multi-level Approach'. The following year OECD presented its Water Governance Initiative (WGI) at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille in March 2012. The initiative was official launched in March 2013.

The WGI encompasses a technical platform to discuss good practices and challenges in water governance, an inventory of good water governance practices and a web-based tool aimed at disseminating key water governance features.

A Policy Forum meets every two years to advance on the global water governance agenda.

Six targets
The initiative has adopted six targets:
● by 2015: 50% countries will have mechanisms for stakeholders at local, regional, national and international levels to contribute to decision-making (100% by 2021)  
● by 2015: 50% countries will have strengthened regulatory frameworks and adopted performance indicators (100% by 2018)  
● by 2015: increase the number of countries with water security diagnoses and governance tools  
● by 2018: 30 countries have implemented anti-corruption policies  
● by 2018: 30 countries have transparent water budget processes  
● by 2021: 30% increase of river basin management plans

dws-oecd-meeting-room-350pxAmbitious task
For achieving these targets, four working groups have been formed on the themes: stakeholder engagement, performance and governance of water services, basin governance and integrity and transparency .

"An ambitious task", said chair Peter Glas, characterizing the initiative's ambition to contribute to the global water agenda. "This meeting laid a solid foundation."

Study on Dutch water management
The representatives at this OECD-meeting also discussed the draft report on the sustainability of Dutch water management. Two fact-finding missions to the Netherlands and a stakeholder meeting took place earlier this year. The study is an evidence-based assessment on the performance of the Dutch water governance system and assess whether it is fit for the future.

Stakeholder consultation included representatives from the different Dutch ministries, from the different actors in the water chain, from provincial and municipal organizations, academics and research institutes and other interest groups.

Official release of the report on Dutch water governance is expected in March 2014.

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