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Water Governance in Cities: Current Trends and Future Challenges

Unit for Climate, Water, and SDGs, Cities, Urban Policies, and Sustainable Development Division, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2 Rue André Pascal, 75775 Paris, France
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Water 2019, 11(3), 500; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11030500
Received: 19 December 2018 / Revised: 28 January 2019 / Accepted: 21 February 2019 / Published: 10 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Challenges of Water Management and Governance in Cities)
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Abstract

Adapting water governance to changing needs, while coping with the uncertainties caused by climate change and the consequences of urbanisation and demographic growth, is key for inclusive, safe and resilient cities. The urgency of the challenges calls for innovative practices to enhance water security and provide better services to citizens, as foreseen by the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. The key question is: how to accomplish these objectives? While there is no doubt that technical solutions are available and play a fundamental role, they represent only part of the solution. Cities must ensure that the institutional frameworks in place are “fit to fix the pipes”, from accessible information to adequate capacity, from sufficient funding to transparency and integrity, and from meaningful stakeholder engagement to coherence across sectoral policies. Building mainly on recent studies on water governance carried out by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and specifically on urban water governance, this paper will discuss current trends and provide a set of tools for policy solutions based on OECD’s 3Ps framework: people, policies and places. It will conclude by highlighting the importance of improving monitoring and evaluation for better design and implementation of urban water governance. View Full-Text
Keywords: water governance; infrastructure; urban water management; indicators; SDGs; stakeholder participation; water policy water governance; infrastructure; urban water management; indicators; SDGs; stakeholder participation; water policy
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