Biodiversity, water and natural resource management


  • Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Development

    Biodiversity is fundamental to sustaining life, providing critical ecosystem services, such as food security, water purification, nutrient cycling, and climate regulation, that are essential to support human well-being and economic growth. Mainstreaming biodiversity into key economic sectors is crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • The Lake Taupo Nitrogen Market in New Zealand

    Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake, and a national icon. Its pristine waters attract visitors from round the world for a multitude of water-based recreation and sight-seeing activities. It is also important to New Zealand’s indigenous peoples. In the late 1990s, scientific investigations by Environment Waikato (now the Waikato Regional Council), the regional authority responsible for environmental management in the Lake Taupo catchment, revealed that water quality in Lake Taupo was gradually declining.

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  • Water Policy in the Age of Big Data: Opening Remarks by OECD Secretary-General

    "Putting the information revolution to work for water" opening Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General at the "Let's talk about water" panel and film event on Water Policy in the Age of Big Data, 21 September 2015, Paris, France.

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OECD work on biodiversity, water and natural resources management focuses on policy analysis to help ensure more environmentally effective, cost-efficient and equitable outcomes.

Biodiversity  Water 
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Examining how to better conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems, today and for future generations.


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Identifying the priority areas where governments need to focus their water reform efforts.


Fisheries  Forests    Sustainable agriculture 
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Providing policy analysis of pressing global issues in fisheries, aquaculture, and sustainable fisheries management.


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Assessing incentives and policy approaches to achieve maximum benefits to society.


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Promoting the use of principles of ecology which take into account the relationships between organisms and their environment.

Sustainable agriculture