OECD countries have struggled to adequately address diffuse water pollution. It is much easier to regulate point source industrial and municipal polluters than engage with a large number of farmers and other land-users where variable factors like climate, soil and politics come into play. But, as the report points out, the cumulative effects of diffuse water pollution can be devastating for human well-being and ecosystem health. Ultimately, they can undermine sustainable economic growth. The report presents a risk-based policy framework to tackle this challenge.Read more
This report examines the key design and implementation features that need to be considered to ensure that biodiversity offset programmes are environmentally effective, economically efficient, and distributionally equitable. In this report, insights and lessons learned are drawn from more that 40 case studies from around the world, with an additional 3 in-depth country case studies from the United States, Germany and Mexico.Read more
Participation of the OECD at the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) on Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-Being on 2-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico. Find out more about the OECD work on mainstreaming biodiversity.Read more
OECD work on biodiversity, water and natural resources management focuses on policy analysis to help ensure more environmentally effective, cost-efficient and equitable outcomes.
Green Talks LIVE | Degraded Waters: Emerging policy solutions to tackle diffuse pollution
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Thursday 6 April - 13:00 (CEST)
At least half the world’s population suffers from polluted water. And the situation is set to worsen. Water pollution is on the rise due to indirect ‘diffuse’ sources of pollution from both agricultural and urban environments.
What policies can we put in place to address the diffuse water pollution challenge and reverse the trend of increasing degraded waters?
Join Hannah Leckie and Xavier Leflaive of the OECD Environment Directorate to discuss emerging solutions in OECD countries, that can guide the design and implementation of policies to control diffuse water pollution.
Examining how to better conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems, today and for future generations.
Identifying the priority areas where governments need to focus their water reform efforts.
Providing policy analysis of pressing global issues in fisheries, aquaculture, and sustainable fisheries management.
Assessing incentives and policy approaches to achieve maximum benefits to society.
Promoting the use of principles of ecology which take into account the relationships between organisms and their environment.
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