This report addresses multilevel governance challenges in water policy implementation and identifies good practices for coordinating water policy across ministries, between levels of government, and across local actors at subnational level. Based on a methodological framework, it assesses the main “coordination gaps” in terms of policymaking, financing, information, accountability, objectives and capacity building, and provides a platform of existing governance mechanisms to bridge them. Based on an extensive survey on water governance the report provides a comprehensive institutional mapping of roles and responsibilities in water policy-making at national/subnational level in 17 OECD countries. It concludes on preliminary multilevel governance guidelines for integrated water policy.
Table of contents:
Acronyms and Abbreviations Executive Summary Chapter 1.Public Governance and Water Policies: An Innovative Multi-level Approach -Introduction -Improving water governance: A key topic in the political agenda -Overview of water governance concepts, definitions and initiatives -Improving public governance of water policy: scope of the report and methodology -Conclusion Chapter 2.Mapping Institutional Roles and Responsibilities -Introduction -OECD survey on water governance -Institutional mapping of water roles and responsibilities at central government level -Institutional mapping of water roles and responsibilities at sub-national government level -Main conclusions from OECD countries’ institutional organisation of water policy -Conclusion Chapter 3.Challenges to Co-ordinating Water Policies Across Ministries and Levels of Government -Introduction -Methodology for evaluating governance challenges in OECD countries’ water policy making -A tentative classification of OECD countries’ multi-level governance challenges in water policy. -Institutional fragmentation: An application of the Multi-level Governance Framework in selected OECD metropolitan regions -Conclusion Chapter 4.Multi-level Co-ordination of Water Policies -Introduction -Governance instruments for managing mutual dependencies in the water sector -Institutional mechanisms for upper horizontal co-ordination of water policy -Co-ordinating water policies between levels of government and across sub-national actors -Conclusion Chapter 5.Final Considerations for Water Policy Governance: Preliminary Guidelines -Findings of the report -Lessons from OECD experience in the governance of water policy -Envisioning long-term strategies: preliminary guidelines for effective management of multi-level governance -Annex 5.A1 Chapter 6.Country Profiles -Australia -Belgium (Flanders) -Belgium (Wallonia) -Canada -Chile -France -Greece -Israel -Italy -Japan -Korea -Mexico -Netherlands -New Zealand -Portugal -Spain -United Kingdom (England and Wales) -United States (Colorado)