Factsheet #8

Events contributing to coordination between water and other sectoral policies

Instrument Type


Governance Level


Governance Mode


Water management topics addressed

Drought & water scarcity
Water abstraction for irrigation and other economic activities
Water quality issues due to nutrient pollution
Water quality issues: Other reasons

Implementation requirements

Financial capacity


Human capacity


Political buy-in


Timeframe for implementation


#8: Events contributing to coordination between water and other sectoral policies


Regular events, e.g. workshops, organized by water authorities that focus on different aspects of a larger topic, e.g. irrigated agriculture.


Most OECD countries have engaged in efforts to co-ordinate water and other policy areas such as regional development, agriculture and energy. These efforts take different forms, ranging from political commitment at a high level to joint action of ministries and agencies at the sub-national level, sound legislative mechanisms and regular meetings of relevant stakeholders.

Example: Public events organized by the Brazilian National Water Agency for the watershed-management program

In Brazil, the National Water Agency (ANA) organizes regular events to promote the coordination of water-related sectors. ANA has organized multi- events with the goal of helping states and regions in the identification of future challenges and the development of adequate management strategies. As an example, in the of the watershed-management program for the Sao Francisco River Basin (1999-2002), the agency organised more than 200 public events including seminars, workshops and plenary sessions. The initiatives shared the common theme of highlighting threats of contaminants coming from mining, agricultural, urban and industrial activity. The events have been much participated, with more than 12.000 stakeholders - including governmental organizations, universities, NGOs, unions - joining the program.
The result was the development of a "Comprehensive diagnostic analysis and strategic action program" which was finalised in 2003.


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World Water Assessment Programme (2009). Water in a changing world, Report 3 (p. 247). https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000181993 Retrieved on 22 September 2020.

OECD (2015). Stakeholder Engagement for Inclusive Water Governance. OECD Studies on Water (p. 123). https://www.oecd.org/gov/stakeholder-engagement-for-inclusive-water-governance-9789264231122-en.htm Retrieved on 22 September 2020.

OECD (2011). Water governance in OECD countries – A multilevel approach. OECD Studies on water (p. 85). https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/environment/water-governance-in-oecd-countries_9789264119284-en Retrieved on 22 September 2020.

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