SP 9.5 Implementing OECD Principles on Water Governance: building trust and engagement for climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Thursday 12 May,  08.45 – 10.30, Penn Room II

Water related challenges of adapting to climate change require contextualized responses rooted in good water governance. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), has adopted Principles on Water Governance providing a conceptual framework for policies and programmes that help meeting these challenges. The session will identify promising approaches for adaptive water governance as well as benchmarking indicators that link the implementation of the principles to building climate resilience. After an introduction to the OECD principles on water governance, various country cases will be briefly presented showing the relevance of different principles as building blocks for good policies in different contexts. Participants will be invited to join case inspired thematic round table groups to debate the potential benefits of using the OECD principles as a common framework.

Organised by Teun Bastemeijer, Water Integrity Network Association (WINeV), Berlin, Germany
Miranda Mens, Flood Protection Programme (HWBP), the Netherlands
Rob Uijterlinde, Dutch Regional Water Authorities (DWA), the Netherlands
Partners OECD-Water Governance Initiative Secretariat, France
Global Water Partnership, Sweden (International Secretariat), and national Water
Partnerships various countries (Congo-Kinshasa, Colombia, Namibia, Pakistan and Philippines)
International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka (Headquarters), South Africa (Regional Office), Nepal (Programme office)
Chair Peter Glas, OECD Water Governance Initiative, the Netherlands
Rapporteur Teun Bastemeijer, Water Integrity Network Association (WINeV), the Netherlands
Presentations

OECD principles: building blocks for cooperation and learning for climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction
Aziza Akhmouch, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), France

Applying and monitoring OECD principles in the Netherlands (Dutch Delta Programme, Flood Protection Programme)
Richard Jorissen, Flood Protection Programme (HWBP), the Netherlands

Country case: water basin governance in South Africa
Aril Singh, Ministry of Water and Sanitation, South Africa

Country case: GOWIN partnership focusing the Awash Basin in Ethiopia
Getachew Gizaw, Awash Basin Authority, Ethiopia

Thematic cases: comparative synthesis on adaptive integrated water management in urban areas build on cases of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Cali (Colombia), Windhoek (Namibia), Karachi (Pakistan) and Manilla (Philippines)
François Brikké, Global Water Partnership Secretariat, Sweden/International

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