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  • 6-April-2017

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    Green talks LIVE: Degraded Waters

    On Thursday 6 April (13:00 CEST), join Hannah Leckie & 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. Water pollution is on the rise due to indirect ‘diffuse’ sources of pollution from both agricultural and urban environments.

  • 22-March-2017

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    The water challenge

    With widespread competing demands on water, maintaining environmental sustainability and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable members of society must both be addressed. The OECD provides policy guidance on water to OECD members and non-OECD countries, covering a wide range of issues. Explore the policy areas below to access the latest OECD work in each area.

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  • 22-March-2017

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    Diffuse water pollution: an invisible and growing threat - Insights blog

    On 22 March each year the world turns its attention to the global water crisis on the occasion of World Water Day. Water policies around the world are in need of urgent reform. Water - an essential natural resource on which all life depends - has become a global garbage can.

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  • 22-March-2017

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    Diffuse Pollution, Degraded Waters - Emerging Policy Solutions

    After decades of regulation and investment to reduce point source water pollution, OECD countries still face water quality challenges (e.g. eutrophication) from diffuse agricultural and urban sources of pollution, that is disperse pollution from surface runoff, soil filtration and atmospheric deposition. The relative lack of progress reflects the complexities of controlling multiple pollutants from multiple sources, their high spatial and temporal variability, associated transactions costs, and limited political acceptability of regulatory measures. This report outlines the water quality challenges facing OECD countries today, presents a range of policy instruments and innovative case studies of diffuse pollution control, and concludes with an integrated policy framework to tackle diffuse water pollution. An optimal approach will likely entail a mix of policy interventions reflecting the basic OECD principles of water quality management – pollution prevention, treatment at source, the polluter pays and beneficiary pays principles, equity, and policy coherence.

  • 20-mars-2017

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    Les pressions environnementales progressent en Nouvelle-Zélande

    La population néo-zélandaise jouit d’une haute qualité de vie environnementale et peut accéder à des espaces naturels intacts. Le modèle de croissance du pays, largement fondé sur l’exploitation de ressources naturelles, commence toutefois à montrer ses limites écologiques du fait de l’aggravation des émissions de gaz à effet de serre et de la pollution de l’eau, comme le note l’OCDE dans un nouveau rapport.

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  • 28-February-2017

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    OECD project on Growth, Investment and the Low-Carbon Transition

    The OECD is undertaking a major project on the economic growth and investment implications of the transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy in the context of the German G20 Presidency. The final report from the project, entitled "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth", will be launched in the margins of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin on 23 May 2017.

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  • 28-February-2017

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    Mainstream biodiversity

    The OECD has been working on the economies and policies for biodiversity for more than two decades, providing a platform for exchanging knowledge and good practice insights. The OECD is helping countries with analysis for more environmentally-effective, cost-efficient and distributionally-equitable policies for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. Find out more.

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  • 3-February-2017

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    More private capital for infrastructure investment in Asia?

    Since the financial crisis, infrastructure investment has moved up the political agenda in most countries – now also including the USA. Asia is often seen as the world’s infrastructure laboratory, with massive construction of transport and energy projects. This article discusses infrastructure investment, private finance, and institutional investors in Asia from a global perspective.

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  • 31-January-2017

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    Green investment banks

    To leverage the impact of relatively limited public resources, over a dozen national and sub-national governments have created public green investment banks (GIBs) and GIB-like entities.

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  • 24-January-2017

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    The Potential Benefits of Transboundary Co-operation in Georgia and Azerbaijan: Kura River Basin - Environment Working Paper

    This study was one of the first attempts to evaluate and quantify the benefits of transboundary co-operation between Georgia and Azerbaijan. A specific framework for inventorying these benefits, taking into account all the different dimensions of transboundary water management, was built and applied to the major transboundary water bodies.

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