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September 23, 2022 / Washington DC: Forest Trends has joined the OECD’s Water Governance Initiative (WGI), a multi-stakeholder network of 100+ water leaders from national and subnational governments, civil society, and academia that advances the quality of water policy and governance across the globe.  

The OECD WGI is a key platform for sharing best practice and experience on water governance globally. The WGI advises governments and supports implementation on water governance reforms and functions as a consultation mechanism raising the profile of governance issues in the Global Water Agenda. 

Forest Trends’ participation in the WGI will bring our global and grounded perspectives on nature-based solutions for water and climate resilience to the water governance agenda. We look forward to helping to shape better water policies and scale innovative solutions for addressing the water and climate crises.  

Forest Trends has worked closely with the OECD WGI as part of a two-year multi-stakeholder process to identify opportunities for improving water governance in Peru. Among the results of that process are a series of recommendations, prepared by the OECD with input from dozens of stakeholders and experts, that highlights the strategic role of natural infrastructure for water risk management and suggests important adjustments to water governance and public investment to ensure that investments in nature for water are effective and sustainable.  

“Through this process, we saw how the OECD’s collaborative, evidence-driven approach helps to build a common vision across the disperse sectors involved in water management and to identify critical needs to bring more effective, responsive governance to life,” says Gena Gammie, Director of Forest Trends’ global Water Initiative. “This approach, and tools developed by the WGI – such as the OECD Principles on Water Governance, which Forest Trends has endorsed – can help our societies to build governance systems that are better equipped to manage the complexity that characterizes today’s challenges.”