Environment Directorate


  • Report: Groundwater Allocation

    Groundwater allocation determines who is able to use groundwater resources, how, when and where. It directly affects the value (economic, ecological, socio-cultural) that individuals and society obtain from groundwater, today and in the future. The report "Groundwater Allocation: Managing Growing Pressures on Quantity and Quality" focuses on groundwater and how its allocation can be improved in terms of economic efficiency, environmental effectiveness and social equity.

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  • Report: Environmental Performance Reviews: Switzerland 2017

    This is the third Environmental Performance Review of Switzerland. It evaluates progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with special features on: water management and biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.

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  • Report: Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth

    The report shows that combining strong climate action with fiscal and structural reforms will boost growth in both the short and long term. The report was noted in the final communiqué of the G20 Leaders’ Summit, which is a strong endorsement of the message that climate and growth policies must go hand-in-hand.

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We help countries to design environmental policies that are both economically efficient and effective at achieving their environmental objectives.


Groundwater withdrawals have risen sharply in the past 50 years and the resource is becoming increasingly degraded due to pollution and saline intrusion.

On 30 November 2017, Kathleen Dominique of the OECD Environment Directorate discussed the challenges of groundwater allocation and the key questions governments need to answer to establish robust allocation arrangements: how can policies slow depletion, contribute to aquifer recovery and prevent pollution? and how can allocation arrangements be designed to maximise the benefits – economic, environmental and social – derived from groundwater today and in the future?

The talk highlighted findings from the recently released OECD report: Groundwater Allocation: Managing Growing Pressures on Quantity and Quality.


This brochure details how our Organisation is helping governments face up to cross-cutting, systemic challenges with a more holistic approach that is increasingly joining the dots between environment, growth and equity:

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