Balancing decisions on environment and development is complex - especially for developing countries facing limited capacity. We help these countries build capacity to integrate environmental considerations into national and sectoral plans and budgets, ensure environmental issues are addressed in policy dialogues and test the results of environment-related work. Together with the OECD Environment Directorate, we work to develop guidelines with experts and policy makers from developing countries through our Task Team on Governance and Capacity Development for Environmental and Natural Resources Management.
Green growth is about harnessing the economic opportunities that contribute to short-term growth and long-term sustainability. For developing countries to manage and govern their natural resources, they need climate-resilient and low-carbon growth.
We take a closer look at the important role that development co-operation can play in providing the technical and financial resources to support developing countries in this endeavour.
Climate change poses fundamental challenges to development. Between now and 2030, it's estimated that the annual cost of dealing with droughts, floods and other effects of climate change in developing countries could be as high as several hundred billion dollars. At the same time, most of the increase in greenhouse gas emissions is expected to come from developing countries.
Drawing on good practice, we offer advice on pursuing development with lower carbon emissions more resilience to climate change, and effectively managing the significant amounts going into climate finance.
Strategic environmental assessment (SEAs) is becoming more urgent as development agencies switch their emphasis from supporting individual projects to providing support for broad policies and strategies. But while these assessments are widely considered the best way forward, moving from concept to action and towards results has varied. Our involvement in the Strategic Environmental Assessment Network has enabled us to produce guidance notes to promote a more harmonised, effective approach to SEA.