Biodiversity, water and natural resource management


  • OECD at World Water Week

    The OECD is invited as a Key Collaborating Partner for the organisation of the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, from 28 August to 2 September 2016, advising and facilitating on the content and overall set-up of the event, under the theme "Water for Sustainable Growth.

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  • Economics and policies for biodiversity: OECD's response

    Biodiversity is fundamental to sustaining life, providing critical ecosystem services, such as food security, water purification, nutrient cycling, and climate regulation, that are essential to support human well-being and economic growth.

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  • Mainstreaming biodiversity and development

    Mainstreaming biodiversity into key economic sectors is crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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OECD work on biodiversity, water and natural resources management focuses on policy analysis to help ensure more environmentally effective, cost-efficient and equitable outcomes.

focus on water security for sustainable growth

As economies and populations grow, and climate change intensifies, more assets, economic activities and populations will face water-related risks. Exposure to droughts, floods, and inadequate access to water supply and sanitation are costing us at least US$500 billion per year. Investment in water security can help safeguard growth and well-being in the face of increasing water risks. See how Philadelphia, Israel and Brazil are investing in water security for better lives.

Biodiversity  Water 
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Examining how to better conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems, today and for future generations.


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Identifying the priority areas where governments need to focus their water reform efforts.


Fisheries  Forests    Sustainable agriculture 
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Providing policy analysis of pressing global issues in fisheries, aquaculture, and sustainable fisheries management.


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Assessing incentives and policy approaches to achieve maximum benefits to society.


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Promoting the use of principles of ecology which take into account the relationships between organisms and their environment.

Sustainable agriculture