OECD COP26 Virtual Pavilion


Xavier Leflaive

Environment Directorate, OECD

Principal Administrator


Xavier leads the work on Resilience, Adaptation to climate change and Water in the OECD Environment Directorate. The programme of work aims to support governments design, implementation and financing of policies that contribute to water security and adaptation to a changing climate. On-going projects cover measuring adaptation, adaptation finance, wildfires management, climate-resilient infrastructure (including nature-based solutions), financing water, and water & health. Xavier joined the OECD in 2004. He coordinated the Recommendation of the OECD Council on water, which captures OECD policy guidance on the management of water resources, water supply and sanitation services, and water-related risks. He has facilitated policy reforms in Brazil, Korea, Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Xavier Leflaive studied business administration and social theory in France, Canada and the UK. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK.

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