The OECD Green Talks Live webinar series brings world experts together on pressing environmental issues for a global audience. These free webinars are open to the general public and participants are welcome to pose questions during the Q&A segment. Video recordings of our Green Talks are made available online afterwards.
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VIDEO RECORDING: green talks on Financing water services in Europe now and in the future
On 27 May, Michel Sponar (European Commission, DG Environment) and Xavier Leflaive (OECD, Environment Directorate) discussed effective national policies, expenditure programmes and financing strategies in Europe and beyond. The presentation was based on the OECD study on water: Financing Water Supply, Sanitation and Flood Protection. Challenges in EU Member States and Policy Options, released on the same day.
Most EU member states will need to increase annual expenditures for water supply and sanitation by more than 25% in order to comply with the Drinking Water and Urban Wastewater Treatment Directives. And some countries are better placed than others to achieve that level of ambition. This projection derives from a 2-year co-operation between the OECD and the European Commission – DG Environment, in close collaboration with EU member states. It builds on new data on current levels of expenditure for water supply, sanitation and flood protection, as well as on projected needs.
What is the scale of the financing challenge in EU member states? What options are available to make the best use of existing financial resources, minimise future financing needs, or harness additional sources of finance?
VIDEO RECORDING: Towards sustainable land use
On 18 February, Will Symes and Katia Karousakis of the OECD Environment Directorate discussed how to align policy making for sustainable land use. The talk highlighted findings from the OECD report Towards Sustainable Land Use: Aligning Biodiversity, Climate and Food Policies, published on the same day.
Land use is central to many of the environmental and socio-economic issues facing society today. Understanding how to feed global populations, while tackling the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change is, therefore, a key question for policy makers.
How can governments align national strategies to achieve sustainable land use? What institutional arrangements foster coherent policy making in the nexus of land use, climate, biodiversity and food? What policy instruments can be used to create sustainable land use systems?
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