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  • 2-September-2013

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    Water and Climate Change Adaptation - Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters

    This report sets out the challenge for freshwater in a changing climate and provides policy guidance on how to navigate this new “waterscape”. It highlights the range of expected changes in the water cycle and the challenge of making practical, on-site adaptation decisions for water. It offers policymakers a risk-based approach to better “know”, “target” and “manage” water risks and proposes policy guidelines to prioritise action and improve the efficiency, timeliness and equity of adaptation responses.

    The report also highlights general trends and good practices drawn from the OECD Survey of Policies on Water and Climate Change Adaptation, covering all 34 member countries and the European Commission. Individual country profiles are available, which provide a snapshot of the challenges posed by climate change for freshwater and the emerging policy responses (on-line only).

    Finally, the report highlights the benefits of well-designed economic instruments (e.g. insurance schemes, water trading, water pricing), ecosystem-based approaches and ‘real options’ approaches to financing. These approaches can improve the flexibility of water policy and investment, reducing the cost of adjusting to changing conditions.

  • 2-September-2013

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    Water Security for Better Lives

    This publication examines the critical issues surrounding water security (water shortage, water excess, inadequate water quality, the resilience of freshwater systems), providing a rationale for a risk-based approach and the management of trade-offs between water and other (sectoral and environmental) policies.
     
    The report sets out a three-step process to “know”, “target” and “manage” water risks: (1) appraising the risks, (2) judging the tolerability and acceptability of risks and weighing risk-risk trade-offs, and (3) calibrating appropriate responses.
     
    The publication provides policy analysis and guidance on the use of market-based instruments and the complex links between water security and other policy objectives, such as food security, energy security, climate mitigation and biodiversity protection.

  • 31-August-2013

    English

    Presentation by Endpoints: Section 2 - Effects on Biotic Systems

    Presentation by Endpoints: Section 2 - Effects on Biotic Systems

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  • 28-August-2013

    Russian

    Заседание Рабочей группы Водной инициативы ЕС по странам Восточной Европы, Кавказа и Центральной Азии

    Следующее заседание Рабочей группы Водной инициативы ЕС по странам Восточной Европы, Кавказа и Центральной Азии (ВИЕС-ВЕКЦА) пройдет 24-25 октября 2013 г. в Хельсинки (Финляндия). Организаторы мероприятия – Институт окружающей среды Финляндии (SYKE), СРГ ПДООС ОЭСР и ЕЭК ООН.

  • 22-August-2013

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    Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

    Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050.

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  • 22-August-2013

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    Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency

    This paper proposes a new measure of stringency to measure the consequences of environmental regulations on investment, labour demand, and patterns of international trade that would be based on emissions data and which could be constructed separately for different pollutants.

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  • 21-August-2013

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    Co-Operation on Risk Assessment: Prioritisation of Important Issues on Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials - Final Report

    This document follows on from a report entitled Important Issues on Risk Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterials [ENV/JM/MONO(2012)8]. This report identified a range of issues which the WPMN considered important in risk assessment and which should be addressed in the future. It summarised results of a survey which was circulated to delegations of the WPMN, methodologies used to analyze the survey, and the identified priorities.

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  • 20-August-2013

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    Environment, health and safety briefs

    Four new EHS briefs show the objectives, outcomes and benefits of the Pesticides, (Q)SARs, MAD and PFCs programmes.

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  • 20-August-2013

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    Environment, Health and Safety Briefs: Perfluorinated Chemicals

    This brief on the EHS Perfluorinated Chemicals programme shows the objectives, outcomes and benefits of the programme.

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  • 12-August-2013

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    Test Guidelines: Updates

    On 26 July 2013, the OECD Council adopted three new, six updated and one corrected OECD Test Guidelines for the testing of chemicals, as well as a new Introduction to the Section 5, Part A on Pesticides Residue Chemistry.

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