Fostering good water governance

Katalin Czippan
Started by Katalin Czippan on
03 Sep 2013 at 13:32
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17.      Achieving universal, sustainable access to water and sanitation and managing water in an efficient manner requires good governance. This requires adaptive, agile and resilient institutions that can first identify then solve the water problems of today and cope with those of tomorrow. Good governance relies on building accountability and inter-sectoral complementarities at the right scale and is intrinsically linked to the political system.


18.      Good water governance is context-dependent and implies addressing interrelated issues. A set of overarching principles and place-based policies, aiming to better understand who does what, should be developed to enable the management of water at the appropriate spatial scales and levels. This should include innovative partnerships across sectors, monitoring and evaluation of progress and effectiveness, allocation of human and financial resources in line with responsibilities and enforcement of regulatory frameworks.


19.      Water governance effectiveness depends on the institutional quality of authorities, the degree of sectoral and territorial integration, the performance of utilities, the level and diversity of stakeholder engagement, social inclusion, the quality and consistency of data disclosed, and anti-corruption practices. Together, all of these provide good water governance that is required for both a sustainable and a water-secure world.  When it comes to transboundary watersheds and aquifers water governance must go beyond national boundaries through the basin approach in management of shared resources through joint institutions and work programmes and wide international stakeholder participation.

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