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  • 14-February-2012


    Strategic Environmental Assessment in Development Practice - A Review of Recent Experience

    The principles of sustainable development play an integral role in making development assistance work at the level of policies, plans and programmes. In response to the  Paris Declaration call to '… develop and apply common approaches for ‘Strategic Environmental Assessment’ at sector and national levels' among donors and partners, the Guidance on Applying Strategic Environmental Assessment was endorsed in 2006 by members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, representatives of developing countries receiving aid, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank and many other agencies. Since then, a growing number of countries at all levels of development have legislation or regulations prescribing the application of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)  and many more are introducing it as part of their policy tools. This is creating unique opportunities for better policy making and planning by incorporating environmental considerations into high-level decision-making and opening new mechanisms to build consensus on development priorities within governments themselves and between governments and societies.Many development co-operation agencies and their partners are already making good progress in applying SEA. This publication presents the nine most interesting case studies of SEA in progress, selected from a total 100.  These nine cases highlight that SEA can:
    • Safeguard environmental assets for sustainable poverty reduction and development;
    • Build public engagement in decision making;
    • Prevent costly mistakes by alerting decision-makers to potentially unsustainable development options at an early stage in the decision-making process;
    • Speed up implementation of projects and programmes;
    • Facilitate co-operation around shared environmental resources and contribute to conflict prevention.
  • 26-January-2012


    Enhancing Capacity for Greening Development

    This policy guidance outlines a number of steps to be considered when building capacity for greening national development planning, national budgetary processes and key economic sector strategies.

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  • 25-January-2012


    Greening Development - Enhancing Capacity for Environmental Management and Governance

    This policy guidance outlines a number of steps to be considered when building capacity for greening national development planning, national budgetary processes and key economic sector strategies. It identifies the key actors to be engaged in the decision making processes, outlines possible capacity needs and suggests how these can be addressed. This policy guidance is intended to support developing countries in their efforts to move to a greener development path. It is also intended to assist development co-operation and environment agencies in their efforts to support that process.
  • 12-January-2012

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    Summary Enhancing Capacity: A Basis for Greening Development

    This is a summary of OECD publication "Greening Development: Enhancing Capacity for Environmental Management and Governance"

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  • 21-December-2010


    Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Co-operation: Policy Guidance

    This policy guidance publication offers information and advice on how to facilitate the integration of adaptation to climate change within development processes.

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  • 17-September-2010


    The DAC Policy Statement on Biodiversity

    Policy Statement on Integrating Biodiversity and Associated Ecosystem Services into Development Co-operation outlines 30 key actions that international donors can undertake to halt to loss of biodiversity associated ecosystems.

  • 24-August-2010


    Green Growth and Developing Countries - Consultation Draft

    The concept of "green growth" offers real opportunities for more inclusive growth in developing countries while protecting the environment.

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  • 8-July-2010


    Integrating climate change adaptation into development planning: A practice-oriented training based on the OECD Policy Guidance

    Link to the training package to accompany the training sessions organised by the OECD Climate Change Task Team.

  • 15-December-2009

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    OECD Development Assistance Committee Tracks Aid in Support of Climate Change

    The OECD collects statistics on bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) through its Creditor Reporting System (CRS).

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  • 11-December-2009


    OECD DAC to monitor aid flows in support of climate change adaptation

    On Wednesday 9 December 2009, Members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) approved a policy marker to track official development assistance (ODA) in support of climate change adaptation.

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