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12-17 March 2012, Marseille

OECD Official Sessions

Thematic process: Condition for Success 1

“Good Governance”


Introduction to CS1 Good Governance

Enhancing good governance in the water sector: setting the scene


Monday 12 March, 17-19h


PEu 7 – Europa 7 > Palais de l’Europe



The “water crisis” the world community faces today is largely a “governance crisis”. Securing water for all, especially vulnerable populations, is often not only a question of hydrology (water quantity, quality, supply, demand) and financing, but equally a matter of good governance. Managing water scarcity and water-related risks (floods, natural disasters etc.) requires resilient institutions, collaborative efforts and sound capacity at all levels. Good governance in the water sector is thus a key condition of success to ensure everyone's well-being, contribute to economic development and keep the planet blue, but also to foster peace and stability.


This session will gather high-level representatives from different backgrounds (ministries, academia, regulatory authority, river basin networks, local authorities etc.) to share views on water governance challenges as well as existing and innovative frameworks, concepts and evidence on how to pragmatically address them. The session will remind the rationale behind the targets defined as part of the 6th WWF preparatory process and their capacity to help bridge a series of identified governance “gaps”. This introductory session will stress the background for “technical” discussions in the subsequent governance target sessions during the 6th WWF, and pinpoint the coherence across the areas to be later explored more in-depth.



Aziza AKHMOUCH, Coordinator of the WWF Good Governance Group


Rolf ALTER, Director of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD

Ian BARKER, Head of Water, Environment Agency, United Kingdom

Marco Antonio VELAZQUEZ HOLGUIN, Planning Director, CONAGUA, Mexico

Wim KUIJKEN, Delta Commissioner, Netherlands

Asit BISWAS, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore



Multi-stakeholder’ Panel
Good governance and Sustainable Financing: a crucial nexus to address


Tuesday 13 March, 17-19h


PEu 7 – Europa 7 > Palais de l’Europe



The water crisis is widely recognised as a complex interaction of multiple causes and effects. At its core, governance deficit, mismanagement and under-financing play a major role, inducing and reinforcing each other. In many developing and developed countries, the financial needs induced by water-related strategies require major reforms in water governance to improve the enabling environment for investment and better understand and address commercial, political and institutional risks.


The lack of basic elements of a sound governance framework often includes absorption capacity at both national and local levels, and impedes the efficient use of available funding and the mobilisation of much needed additional sources of finance, particularly from the private sector. There is thus a very close link between good water governance and financing, which needs to be addressed both at policy and project level.


The objective of the panel is to gather a wide range of decision-makers from different geographical areas and institutional background to: i) share their experience and vision on the governance gaps/challenges for sustainable investment plans, ii) identify good practices for addressing the water governance-financing nexus at all levels so as to overcome obstacles to the mobilisation of financing; iii) discuss possible overarching actions in developing a more coherent approach to water financing and a more financially literate approach to water governance.


The Multi-stakeholders Panel will be structured around 2 round-tables:

• policy focus and discussion ;

• project based approach and on-the-ground experience;



Aziza AKHMOUCH, Coordinator of the WWF Good Governance Group, OECD

Jose FRADE, Coordinator of the WWF Financing Group, EIB


Angel GURRIA, Secretary-General, OECD


1st round-table

Laurence GOLBORNE, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure – Chile,

Rafiq HUSSEINI, Deputy Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean

Jose Luis TAMARGO LUEGE, Director General, CONAGUA, Mexico)

Noamie CHAKWIN, Resident Director General, Asian Development Bank

Simon COMPAORE, Mayor of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Peter GLAS, Chairman of the Dutch Association of Regional Water Authorities


2nd round-table

Dr. Debbie ROETS, Secretary-General of the African Utility Regulatory Agency

Thierry MALLET, Deputy Director General, Suez Environnement

Anne Le STRAT, President, Eau de Paris

Joao CONEJO LOTUFO, Director, National Water Agency of Brazil

Michel VAUZELLE, President of the PACA region (France) and ORU-FOGAR regions’ network

Frederic NAULET, Expert, GRET/Coalition Eau




CS1 Good Governance – Target and Solution Group 1

Stakeholders’ Engagement for Effective Water Policy and Management



Wednesday 14 March, 17-19h


PC 11 – Morgiou > Palais des Congrès (Level 1)


Effective water policy and services management are not only driven by technical and financial expertise but also by a close coordination of all actors involved in the decision making and implementing process and by an early stakeholder engagement while designing the project (tariffs policy, choices of standards, etc.). While this is globally acknowledged, stakeholder engagement processes largely remain “experimental” and are often led on a voluntary basis.

Based on the presentation of local experiences covering all continents, and using innovative facilitation methods.


Aziza AKHMOUCH, Coordinator of the WWF Good Governance Group


Mrs Monique CORDIER – Confederation of Marseille Residents’ Association

Mary O’CONNELL, FAN - Butterfly Effect Initiative – United Kingdom

Rob DOWLING, Head of Operation – SA Water Corporation - Australia

Ruben AVENDAÑO, Empresas Públicas de Medellín - Colombia

Peter GLAS, Chairman of the Dutch Association of Water Boards – the Netherlands

Kasségné Joseph ADJONOU, Mayor of Atakpamé - Togo




CS1 Good Governance – Target and Solution Group 2

Performance measurement, regulation and capacity building in the water sector



Wednesday 14 March, 14h30-16h30


PC 11 – Morgiou > Palais des Congrès (Level 1)


This session on the topic of governance and performance of water and sanitation public services will take place in four stages:

­ A solutions time where municipalities and operators will present solutions allowing them to improve the performance of their water service (Nantes Métropole, Algiers, Shanghaï and the Burkina Faso);

­ A first round table on performance indicators with the participation of the World Bank, the IWA, the ISO and the ONEMA;

­ A second round table on capacity building, participatory processes, cooperation, partnerships and networking with the support of the AFD, GWOPA and the OECD;

­ Finally, a commitments time to go beyond good intentions and general discussion and actually focus on the realities of providing services to users.

Do not hesitate to come in order to find solutions, tools and your international colleagues! Moreover several exchanges will allow you to share your views and solutions.



Nelly Cannesson , Shanghai Pudong Veolia Water – Technical Director

Tony Wang, Shanghai Pudong Veolia Water– Deputy Manager

Jean-Marc Jahn, General director of SEAAL, Algiers

Yamba Harouna OUIBIGA, Director of the ONEA

Juan Domingo Roitman - ERSAC President (Regulator of Aguas de Santiago S.A)

Alexander Danilenko, Sr. Water and Sanitation Specialist, World Bank

Jaime Melo Baptista, President of the Water Services Regulator in Portugal, IWA

Maria Salvetti, ONEMA

Chloé Zambeaux, policy officer, CLCV

Cassilde Brenière, Water and Sanitation Division Manager, AFD

Faraj El-Awar, Programme Manager of Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance, GWOPA/UNHabitat

Claire Charbit, OECD




CS1 Good Governance – Target and Solution Group 3

Basin Management Plans as Instruments for Water Governance



Wednesday 14 March, 8h30-10h30


PEv A2 – Salon Présidentiel > Palais des Événements (B)


To be effective and efficient, the water management, at transboundary or at national level, has to be based on long-term management plans, prepared and implemented by the relevant basin organizations.


The session will identify and analyse the conditions and the solutions for the elaboration, the implementation and the evaluation of the management plans.


Based on relevant case studies, the debate with all participants will address the different phases of the management plan development: initial status analysis, gap analysis, studies and forecasting, issues and stakes prioritisation, objective definition, action plan development, stakeholder participation along the process, civil society consultation, monitoring, updating, and evaluation of outcomes, based on performance indicators.



Mrs Marie-Claude Leclerc, ROBVQ, General Director

Mr Markovitch, EPTB, Chair


Michel STEIN, Deputy manager Loire Bretagne Basin Agency


Jean-Marie Wauthier, Director, Head Environment and Sustainable Development Desk , Wallonie Bruxelles International

Robert Desouassi , Niger Basin Authority, Director Observatory

Mrs Nermin Çiçek, MWR Turkey, Director of Planning

Osman Fernandez da Silva, Rio Doce, Brazil, Director of Water Management

Dr. Lai, Vietnam, Vice Minister

Hans Gutman, MRC, CEO

Dr Lifeng Li, WWF, Water Director

Millogo Dibi, Nakanbé Basin Authority, General Director

Mohamed Elfasskaoui, Arghane basin, Morocco, General Secretary

Guy Pegram, Breede Overberg basin, South Africa , Hydraulic Engineer

Karen Refsgaard, Morsa basin, Senior Researcher

Jose Yunis Mebarak, Magdalena Basin, The Nature Conservancy, Country Representative, Colombia




CS1 Good Governance – Target and Solution Group 4

IWRM through the lens of water security, adaptive water management and international legal instruments for good governance


Wednesday 14 March, 11h-13h


PEv A2 – Salon Présidentiel > Palais des Évènements


This session will review water security diagnoses and governance tools in countries that have been successful in implementing innovative and effective mechanisms for integrated water management. It will also identify and analyse the conditions for the elaboration, the implementation and the evaluation of long-term sustainable management plans. Discussions will look into definitions of water governance with a critical eye and will analyze a series of principles and regulatory acts including non-binding global instruments. A particular attention will be given to the different characteristics of surface and groundwater, both at the transboundary and national level. Based on relevant case studies, the discussion with participants will also address the different phases of the management plan development: initial status analysis, gap analysis, studies and forecasting, issues and stakes prioritisation, objective definition, action plan development, stakeholder participation along the process, civil society consultation, monitoring, updating, and evaluation of outcomes, based on performance indicators. The goal of the session is to prepare a set of recommendations on concrete and solution-oriented actions to implement good governance practices.



Sharon Megdal, Director, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona, United States.

Luiz Amore, Vice-President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, Brazil.

Jose Luis Martin Bordes, GEF Groundwater Governance Project representative.

Frank van Weert, Senior Expert of the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), The Netherlands.

Fabiola Tábora Merlo, GWP.

Olga Slepner, Head of International Relations Unit, Governmental Authority for Water and Sewage, Israel.

Alejandro Iza, Head of Environmental Law Programme, IUCN.





CS1 Good Governance – Target and Solution Group 5 and Group 6

Integrity and transparency to curb corruption: Perspectives and Solutions from water professionals and stakeholders


Thursday 15 March, 8h30-13h


Peu 2 – Europa 2 > Palais de l’Europe


This session on integrity and transparency is expected to be a lively one aiming to create positive energies and share knowledge in a spirit of honesty and fairness that should underpin all efforts to achieve good governance. The focus of the session lies on showcasing professional solutions in a succinct way and stimulate debates to promote integrity through diagnosing integrity gaps and setting up of mechanisms for information provision. The purpose of the session is to bring together water and integrity professionals and give stakeholders the opportunity to commit to future action required to advance good governance in the water sector. During the first part of the session a high level panel with key stakeholders from the Global North and South will discuss the critical question of how to successfully promote higher levels of integrity and transparency in the water sector. The panel will provide the opportunity for key actors to reflect on how to move forward together in enhancing water integrity and committing to the targets. The second part of the session highlights the tools and methods available to achieve the targets 5 and 6. Examples of cases from India, Kenya, Nepal, and Spain will be presented followed by a further tool panel with the presenters.



Sareen Malik, Transparency International Kenya

Sonali Srivastava, Arghyam,Nepal

Donal O’Leary, Transparency International

Jalsrot Vikas Sanstha, Water Resources Development Association

Lucia De Stefano, TI Spain, The University of Complutense Madrid

Babatope Babalobi, WASH Journalists Network, West Africa

Herbert Kassamani,Water Services Regulatory Board, Kenya




Conclusion of CS1 Good Governance
Looking beyond Marseille: key lessons, recommendations and commitments


Thursday 15 March, 17-19h


PC 10 – Goude 2 >Palais des congrès (Level 1)


Taking stock of diagnoses and tools shared throughout the target sessions related to water governance, this concluding with highlight key governance messages and recommendations to be implemented after Marseilles 2012 in terms of:

• strengthening effective public governance

• encouraging integrated water resources management

• fostering integrity and transparency in the water sector


The session will also make the necessary linkages to other governance discussions at the WWF, such as in the regional processes for example (Mediterranean, African and American). It will provide a roadmap for implementing good governance targets in the coming years and discuss the involvement of institutions and partners willing to commit in this implementation process. To do so, the session will present the major commitments related to governance targets and “implementation” objectives up to and beyond the 2015 World Water Forum.



Aziza AKHMOUCH, Coordinator of the WWF Good Governance Group


Outcomes of the TSG sessions

Alexandre BRAILOWSKY (SUEZ-Environnement)

Pierre-Alain ROCHE (ASTEE)






Wrap-up and prospective

John BRISCOE (Harvard University - United States)


Concluding remarks


Jean François DONZIER (OIEau)




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