Water governance

Formal and informal processes that allow for the determination and negotiation of objectives, setting of standards, and resolution of disputes among disparate voices in order to address challenges and meet objectives at local, subnational, and national levels in the management of water resources and delivery of water services. (From watergovernance.org and OECD Stakeholder Engagement for Effective Water Governance.) Water governance is defined by the political, social, economic, and administrative systems that are in place, and that directly or indirectly affect the use, development, and management of water resources and the delivery of water service at different levels of society. Governance is “good” when the actions (and inactions) of all parties are transparent and accountable so that corruption is minimized, the views of minorities and the most vulnerable are heard in decision making, and the needs of the present and the future are taken into account. (From WIN, About Water Integrity, 2014.)