Publications & Documents


  • 1-September-2010

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    OECD Workshop on the Production of Renewable Energy as a Regional Development Policy in Rural Areas

    This workshop, hosted in Montreal, discussed how the production of renewable energy could represent a development opportunity for rural regions.

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  • 17-June-2010

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    OECD Territorial Reviews: Venice, Italy 2010

    This Review of Venice, Italy, offers a comprehensive assessment of the city-region’s economy and the extent to which its land use, labour market and environmental policies embrace a metropolitan vision. A new understanding of the provinces of Padua, Treviso and Venice as an interconnected city-region of 2.6 million people guides this study. Venice ranks as among the most dynamic and productive city-regions in the OECD, with high employment levels and growth rates. Though it has thrived on a model of small firms and industrial clusters, it is undergoing a deep economic transformation. Venice confronts growing environmental challenges as a result of rising traffic congestion and costly infrastructure pressures, exacerbated by sprawl. Demographics are also changing, due to ageing inhabitants, immigrant settlement and the rapid depopulation of the historic city of Venice.  

    This report offers a comparative analysis of these issues, utilising the OECD’s metropolitan database to benchmark productivity and growth. It draws on regional economics, urban planning, transportation studies and hydrology to throw light on the changes within the city-region. In light of planned inter-city rail extensions, the Review calls for programmes to increase economic synergies between Venice and its neighbours. It evaluates key tools for promoting economic growth and metropolitan governance and proposes enhanced co-ordination of land use policies, additional business development services for small and medium-sized businesses, and the enlargement of university-linked innovation. Given frequent flooding, the report appraises the quality of metropolitan water governance and Venice’s potential to become a powerful reference for climate change adaptation.

  • 7-June-2010

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    OECD Rural Policy Reviews: Québec, Canada

    This review examines Québec's rural policy approach, which aims at community empowerment and land occupancy, and presents recommendations for integrating social, economic and entrepreneurial development and implementing stabilisation measures in lagging areas.

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  • 7-June-2010

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    OECD Workshop: Regional Mobility and Regional Innovation Networks

    The OECD Workshop: Regional Mobility and Regional Innovation, overviewed main trends in labor mobility across OECD regions, including rural-urban dynamics and out-flows of young adults.

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  • 1-June-2010

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    OECD Territorial Reviews: Venice, Italy

    This Review of Venice, Italy, offers a comprehensive assessment of the city-region’s economy and the extent to which its land use, labour market and environmental policies embrace a metropolitan vision.

  • 25-May-2010

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    3rd annual meeting of the OECD urban roundtable for mayors and ministers, “Cities and Green Growth”

    Speaking at the Urban Roundtable of Mayors and Ministerse, A. Gurría recommended to make the analysis of green growth more systematic and to develop a common set of urban environmental and economic indicators.

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  • 28-April-2010

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    Gender : Encouraging gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa

    Governments in the Middle East and North Africa increasingly recognise that gender equality - encouraging the talents, skills, education and productivity of all their citizens, including women - will make their countries stronger.

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  • 7-April-2010

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    OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation: Basque Country, Spain

    Through a diagnostic of the innovation system and the policy mix, the review offers some policy and governance recommendations to achieve the region’s desired transition in light of global trends in the innovation process and innovation policy.

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  • 2-April-2010

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    OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation: Catalonia, Spain

    This review of regional innovation assesses how to improve Catalonia's current strategy and actions in order to boost its innovation system through both its own programmes and those of Spain and the European Union.

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  • 1-April-2010

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