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Terms & Synonyms


Official WHO Definition

Other Definitions

Governance is a generic term used to refer to all aspects related to water governance, including policies, institutions,

management, capacity building, the adoption and proper implementation of international and national water related law/directives/regulations, such as the European Union Water Framework Directive (WFD), adoption of international and/or transboundary treaties, progress of countries towards producing IWRM etc.


Interpretations and Explanations


WHO-Lexicon page (translations and examples)

See Also

  1. 2007 UNDP Water Governance Strategy
  2. A Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to Improve Water Governance in Europe & CIS
  3. Bosnia and Herzegovina - HRBA to Water Governance desk review - June 2008
  4. Bosnia and Herzegovina/sector assessment
  5. Bosnia and Herzegovina/sector assessment annexes
  6. Central Asia HDR 2005 - Chapter 4: Water, Energy and the Environment
  7. Community Governance and Gender in Water and Sanitation in Angola
  8. Compliance and Performance in International Waters - Central Asia
  9. DFID-Governance in Water Services - Apr08
  10. Decentralization of Water Decision Making
  11. Dehydrating Conflict
  12. Economic Governance of Water and Sanitation, Honduras
  13. Forestalling Water Wars: Returning to Our (Grass) Roots
  14. Georgia - HRBA to Water Governance desk review - June 2008
  15. Guidelines for Improved Local Water Governance
  16. HDR 2006 Chapter 5: Water competition in agriculture
  17. HRBA and Water Governance Fast Facts - UNDP
  18. HRBA2WatGov/Europe & CIS region
  19. HRBA2WatGov/background
  20. HRBA2WatGov/checklist
  21. HRBA2WatGov/methodology
  22. IWRM - Sustainable Water Governance on the National Level
  23. IWRM and Water Governance - Striving for "Incentive Compatibility" in the Water Sector
  24. Image:RWIR Central Asia.pdf
  25. Kosovo/sector assessment
  26. Kosovo/sector assessment annexes
  27. Lessons Learned in facilitating effective multi-country governance of shared waterbodies
  28. Moldova - HRBA to Water Governance desk review - June 2008
  29. Privatisation in Deep Water?
  30. Q&A: Water Governance
  31. Regional Water Intelligence Report: The Nile Basin and Southern Sudan Referendum
  32. Resources for Designing A National Water Governance Programme
  33. Serbia/sector assessment
  34. Tajikistan - HRBA to Water Governance desk review - June 2008
  35. Tajikistan/sector assessment
  36. Tajikistan/sector assessment annexes
  37. Talk:A New Global Clean Drinking Water - Street located Vending Dispensers Project
  38. The EMPOWERS Approach to Water Governance: Background and Concepts
  39. The EMPOWERS Approach to Water Governance: Guidelines, Methods and Tools
  40. The Right to Water
  41. Turkey - HRBA to Water Governance desk review - June 2008
  42. Turkmenistan/sector assessment
  43. UNDP Practice: Effective Water Governance
  44. UNDP Water Governance Library
  45. UNDP Water Governance Programme
  46. UNDP's Global Programme on Country-Led Democratic Governance Assessments
  47. Ukraine - HRBA to Water Governance desk review - June 2008
  48. Water Conflict and Cooperation/Emerging Trends
  49. Water Governance
  50. Water Governance Challenges: Managing Competition and Scarcity for Hunger and Poverty Reduction and Environmental Sustainability
  51. Water Governance Training
  52. Water Governance for Poverty Reduction -Report on Key Issues and UNDP response to Millenium Development Goals
  53. Water Governance for Sustainable Human Development Project
  54. Water Governance in Central Asia
  55. Water Governance with Equity: Is Decentralisation the Answer?
  56. Water Planning Tools
  57. Water Sector Governance in Africa Volume 1
  58. Water Sector Governance in Africa Volume 2
  59. Water and Sanitation Services in Europe: Do Legal Frameworks provide for "Good Governance"?
  60. Water as a Productive Resource: Governance for Equity and Poverty Reduction
  61. Water for Life

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