Publications & Documents


  • 4-October-2010

    English

    Paying for Biodiversity - Enhancing the Cost-Effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services

    Biodiversity and ecosystem services provide tangible benefits for society, such as food provisioning, water purification, genetic resources or climate regulation. These services provide critical life support functions and contribute to human health, well being and economic growth. Yet biodiversity is declining worldwide and, in some areas, this loss is accelerating. The need for policies that promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services is more important than ever.  

    Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) is a direct and flexible incentive-based mechanism under which the user or beneficiary of an ecosystem service makes a direct payment to an individual or community whose land use decisions have an impact on the ecosystem service provision. Interest in PES has been increasing rapidly over the past decade: PES are proliferating worldwide and there are already more than 300 programmes in place today at national, regional and local levels. 

    Drawing on the literature concerning effective PES and on more than 30 case studies from both developed and developing countries, this book aims to identify good practice in the design and implementation of PES programmes so as to enhance their environmental and cost effectiveness. It addresses the following questions: Why are PES useful and how do they work? How can they be made most effective environmentally and how can their cost-effectiveness be maximised? What are the different potential sources of finance for PES programmes, and how can they be secured? and What are the lessons learned from existing PES programmes and insights for future programmes, including international PES?

  • 28-September-2010

    English

    OECD hosted a preparatory meeting for the 2011 global conference of environmental enforcement practitioners and their partners

    On 11-12 October, the OECD Environment Directorate hosted a meeting of the governing body of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE).

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  • 27-September-2010

    English

    Environmental Impacts of International Shipping: a Case Study of the Port of Vancouver

    As part of the project “Environmental Impacts of International Shipping: the role of ports”, this case study focuses on the way the port of metro Vancouver and the Canadian authorities address the environmental impacts of the port and its interactions with the hinterlands.

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  • 27-September-2010

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    Environmental Impacts of International Shipping: a Case Study of the Port of Busan

    As part of the project “Environmental Impacts of International Shipping: the role of ports”, this case study focuses on the way the port of Busan and the Korean authorities address the environmental impacts of the port and its interactions with the hinterlands.

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  • 13-September-2010

    English

    Advancing the Aquaculture Agenda - Workshop Proceedings

    Aquaculture now provides more than 50% of the global supply of fisheries products for direct human consumption. This conference proceedings addresses key policy challenges of the aquaculture sector. Policy makers, academics, industry representatives, NGOs and international organisations gathered to discuss the critical economic, environmental and social aspects of aquaculture.  This publication presents a selection of key issues covered by the workshop and includes a large number of country case studies, which provide specific examples of national approaches to aquaculture management.

     

  • 13-September-2010

    English

    Advancing the Aquaculture Agenda: Workshop Proceedings

    Aquaculture now provides more than 50% of the global supply of fisheries products for direct human consumption. The economic, environmental and social implications of this were discussed by policy makers and experts at this 2010 conference.

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  • 1-September-2010

    English

    Fisheries: While Stocks Last?

    Our changing lifestyles and habits have influenced the fishing industry, as have globalisation and how we manage our natural resources. Learn about the history and development of fisheries, plus the issues facing the sector today, in this basic guide in the OECD Insights series.

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  • 1-September-2010

    English

    Fisheries: While Stocks Last?

    Our changing lifestyles and habits have influenced the fishing industry, as have globalisation and how we manage our natural resources. Learn about the history and development of fisheries, plus the issues facing the sector today, in this basic guide in the OECD Insights series.

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  • 24-August-2010

    English

    Green Growth and Developing Countries - Consultation Draft

    The concept of "green growth" offers real opportunities for more inclusive growth in developing countries while protecting the environment.

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  • 4-August-2010

    English

    Review of Fisheries in OECD Countries 2009 : Policies and Summary Statistics

    Analysis and statistics for issues affecting fisheries in OECD countries in 2005, 2006 and some recent events of 2007, including changes in national and international policies, trade, climate change, and fisheries and aquaculture production.

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