Environment Directorate


  • OECD at World Water Week

    The OECD is invited as a Key Collaborating Partner for the organisation of the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, from 28 August to 2 September 2016, advising and facilitating on the content and overall set-up of the event, under the theme "Water for Sustainable Growth.

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  • Action on climate change

    The OECD has a long experience of exchanging knowledge and good practices through effective, policy-orientated and collaborative initiatives. The OECD is helping countries with policy analysis and guidance to implement NDCs and prepare their action plans on climate change mitigation and adaptation. How is the OECD supporting action on climate change? Find out more.

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  • Environmental country review: France 2016

    France has conducted a voluntary and ambitious environment policy, marked in 2015 by the Energy Transition Act and the Paris Agreement to COP21, and in 2016 on biodiversity. The great challenge now is to keep these commitments.

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We help countries to design environmental policies that are both economically efficient and effective at achieving their environmental objectives.

focus on water security for sustainable growth

As economies and populations grow, and climate change intensifies, more assets, economic activities and populations will face water-related risks. Exposure to droughts, floods, and inadequate access to water supply and sanitation are costing us at least US$500 billion per year. Investment in water security can help safeguard growth and well-being in the face of increasing water risks. See how Philadelphia, Israel and Brazil are investing in water security for better lives.

Green Talks: LIVE | Shipping after #COP21, will we miss the boat?

Maritime transport was not included in the Paris Climate Agreement, yet its CO2 emissions could reach 17% of total global emissions by 2050.

Watch ITF expert Olaf Merk for the latest on what would be needed to help us prevent breaking the 2°C deal.