Environmental indicators, modelling and outlooks

OECD Environmental Strategy


Environment Ministers of OECD countries met in Paris on 16 May 2001 to discuss the main environmental concerns OECD Member countries face and adopt an OECD Environmental Strategy for the First Decade of the 21st Century to address these concerns. The Environmental Strategy will help OECD countries to create the right conditions for environmental sustainability over the coming decade, using a mix of economic and information-based instruments, regulations, and voluntary agreements and will guide the work of the OECD on environment.

Building on criteria for environmental sustainability and taking into account the analysis contained in the OECD Environmental Outlook , the OECD Environmental Strategy identifies five inter-linked objectives for enhancing cost-effective and operational environmental policies in the context of sustainable development:

  • Maintaining the integrity of ecosystems through the efficient management of natural resources
  • De-coupling environmental pressures from economic growth
  • Improving information for decision making: Measuring progress through indicators
  • The social and environmental interface: Enhancing the quality of life
  • Global environmental interdependence: Improving governance and cooperation

In advance of the meeting of OECD Environment Ministers on 16 May 2001, the draft Strategy was the topic of a roundtable discussion at the OECD Forum 2001. The roundtable served as a broad dialogue between OECD Environment Ministers and representatives from business, trade unions, and environmental NGOs on the priorities and practical policy actions identified in the Strategy.

Environment Ministers met on 20-21 April 2004 to discuss the OECD Environment Strategy: 2004 Review of Progress. The meeting of OECD Environment Ministers and partners was a timely opportunity to take stock of implementation of the OECD Environmental Strategy, to share experiences with the design of efficient and effective environmental policies and how to overcome some of the challenges to better policy integration and subsidy reform, and to highlight the role of partnerships in a globalizing world. Ministers adopted a Statement outlining priorities for Further Work at the OECD on Sustainable Development, and endorsed 3 OECD Council Acts to support environmental policy design and monitoring.