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Water is one of the world’s most precious resources. And today, cities, farmers, industries, energy suppliers, and ecosystems are increasingly competing for their daily water needs. As a result, the costs of inadequate water management are becoming higher and higher. And not just financially – but also in terms of lost opportunities, compromised health and environmental damage.
Faced with low growth, high unemployment and weak public finances, countries need to pursue new strategies to put the global recovery back on track. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría says green growth can boost productivity, create jobs and help build a stronger, cleaner and fairer world economy.
Central government policy alone cannot ensure a green transition – cities, regions and communities can also be catalysts for environmental policy solutions.
Crecimiento y medio ambiente no sólo pueden ir de la mano, tienen que ir de la mano. El crecimiento verde no sólo es impostergable, también puede ser nuestra salvación económica.
In order to change the ways we produce, deliver and consume energy, governments can make immediate policy changes to promote energy-saving using existing measures, as well as longer-term efforts to improve infrastructure while using less energy, and to ensure better social and economic outcomes.
Investing in and managing water and sanitation is a complex challenge. In the context of the Global Forum on Environment this week, OECD looks at the financial realities of funding water infrastructure.
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This document offers a general introduction to sustainable impact assessment (SIA). SIA is an approach for exploring the combined economic, environmental and social impacts of a range of proposed policies, programmes, strategies and action plans.
This post from the OECD Insights Blog discusses OECD's new study, "Fostering Innovation for Green Growth" and what governments can do to promote innovation and specific issues such as green innovation.
Without water we cannot survive. Yet billions of people still live without access to stable supplies of clean water, and a growing world population will put increasing pressure on this finite resource in years to come. How can we make better use of this precious commodity?
Work hard at school, get a good education and you can get a good job – the familiar mantra of parents the world over. But is it still true at a time of shrinking government budgets and ballooning unemployment figures? And if so, what kind of education is best?