Biodiversity, water and natural resource management


  • OECD on the Road to #COP21

    World leaders are facing a fundamental dilemma: take strong action to address the risks associated with climate change, or see the ability to limit this threat slip from their grasp. Check out how the OECD is contributing to get a successful outcome in December 2015 at #COP21 in Paris.

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  • The Lake Taupo Nitrogen Market in New Zealand

    Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake, and a national icon. Its pristine waters attract visitors from round the world for a multitude of water-based recreation and sight-seeing activities. It is also important to New Zealand’s indigenous peoples. In the late 1990s, scientific investigations by Environment Waikato (now the Waikato Regional Council), the regional authority responsible for environmental management in the Lake Taupo catchment, revealed that water quality in Lake Taupo was gradually declining.

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  • Agriculture and climate change

    This policy note summarises the key messages coming from our extensive work on the subject over the last years. This note was designed to serve for communication purposes ahead and during two main events: COP21 and the France-OECD Conference on “Agriculture and agricultural soils facing climate change and food security challenges" on 16 September 2015.

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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.

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