Factsheet #27

Multisectoral conferences between central government actors andbetween sub-national players

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


#27: Multisectoral conferences between central government actors andbetween sub-national players


Multisectoral conferences aim to increase transparency and to spread scientific, economic, social and political knowledge in order to enhance the development of water sciences, integrated water resource management and water security with the participation of society.


Most of the 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, but also sound legislative mechanisms and regular meetings of relevant stakeholders.

Example: Conferences organized by the Mexican Hydraulic Association and other Organizations in Mexico

The Mexican Hydraulic Association (AMH) actively organizes congresses and conferences on different water policy across Latin America (although mainly in Mexico). The objective of the association is to promote the participation of society in support of water security, water sciences development and an integrated approach to the management of water resources. Along with the AMH, the National Solar Energy Association (ANES) and the College of Civil Engineers of Mexico (CICM) are other civil associations that promote optimal use of water resources through teaching and scientific development and organize water policy-related conferences in the country.


Asociación Mexicana de Hidráulica (n.d.). Nosotros. http://amh.org.mx/nosotros/ Retrieved on 22 September 2020.

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

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