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OECD Studies on Water
Water Security for Better Lives
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  09 Oct 2013
Pages: 171 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264202399 , OECD Code: 972013111P1
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This publication examines the critical issues surrounding water security (water shortage, water excess, inadequate water quality, the resilience of freshwater systems), providing a rationale for a risk-based approach and the management of trade-offs between water and other (sectoral and environmental) policies.
The report sets out a three-step process to “know”, “target” and “manage” water risks: (1) appraising the risks, (2) judging the tolerability and acceptability of risks and weighing risk-risk trade-offs, and (3) calibrating appropriate responses.
The publication provides policy analysis and guidance on the use of market-based instruments and the complex links between water security and other policy objectives, such as food security, energy security, climate mitigation and biodiversity protection.

Table of contents:

Executive summary
Chapter 1. Why does water security matter?

-The water outlook
-Applying a risk-based approach to water security: A conceptual framework
-Implementing the risk-based approach
-What are the costs and impacts of inaction?
Chapter 2. Applying a risk-based approach to water security
-Applying the “know”, “target” and “manage” framework
-Country cases
Chapter 3. Achieving water security targets through market-based instruments
-Economic principles and instruments
-Water supply
-Water demand
-Water quantity
-Water quality
-Integrated water resource management
Chapter 4. Policy coherence toward water security
-Spillover effects of sectoral and environmental policies on water security
-Effects of non-water environmental markets on water security: Some empirical evidence
-A framework for managing trade-offs between policies
Annex A. Glossary of terms
Annex B. Basic water facts
Annex C. Costs and distributional impacts of inaction

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