1 Apr 2019

The OECD Water Governance Initiative (WGI) is a multi-stakeholder network of 100+ experts, policymakers and practitioners from public, private and civil society sectors.

Involvement with the initiative will ensure Royal HaskoningDHV can fill knowledge gaps, help shape debates and share best practice. The company will also play a role in supporting the profile raising and dissemination of the organisation’s water governance principles.

Erik van Lith, strategic advisor for Drinking Water, Water Chain and Water Systems at Royal HaskoningDHV said: "The OECD’s WGI plays an essential role in informing the debate around water governance, sustainability and in facilitating conversation between public and private bodies.

"The insights we will bring to the partnership include our growing focus on the role of data and digital technology in the water sector. Embracing new technology is essential in effectively addressing the challenges of urbanisation, circularity, climate change and sustainable energy."

Started in 2012 the Water Governance Initiative was instrumental in developing the OECD Principles on Water Governance.

Since then the initiative has fostered concrete action for the uptake and implementation of those principles by developing a set of water governance indicators and peer-reviewing a series of water governance practices.

The next phase for the WGI will focus on the implementation of the principles by the further use and development of indicators and by adding a new element of capacity development.

Erik continues: "Our global experience and network could make a significant contribution to the success of this next phase of WGI activity as the partnership continues to identify best practice and strive to share knowledge globally, including digital, data and information management."

Membership will see Royal HaskoningDHV attend annual meetings and host other WGI meetings and webinars. Royal HaskoningDHV has also committed to publishing articles and assisting with events that will contribute to the dissemination the OECD’s water governance principles throughout its international network.