OECD Regional Development Working Papers

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2073-7009 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/20737009
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Working papers from the Regional Development Policy Division of the OECD cover a full range of topics including regional statistics and analysis, urban governance and economics, rural governance and economics, and multi-level governance. Depending on the programme of work, the papers can cover specific topics such as regional innovation and networks, the determinants of regional growth or fiscal consolidation at the sub-national level.
 

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Author(s):
Mario Piacentini1, Konstantin Rosina2
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OECD, France

  • 2: Institute of Geography, Slovak Republic

Publication Date
25 Apr 2012
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No:
2012/05
Pages
28
DOI
10.1787/5k9b9ltv87jf-en

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This paper presents recent work undertaken at the OECD to produce environmental indicators at the regional level from geographic data sources. New indicators have been tested and produced in five different domains: a) land cover, b) forest ecosystems, c) urban density, d) CO2 emissions, e) air quality. The indicators measure the environmental performance of administrative regions (OECD TL2 and TL3 regions) and of OECD metropolitan areas. High-quality geographic datasets have been combined and harmonized with the objectives of producing internationally comparable results, and of achieving the largest possible coverage of OECD and non-OECD countries. The results show that geographic information data are a key and underexploited resource for monitoring the state of local environmental assets. There are still methodological and measurement challenges in the use of geographic data for the analysis of environmental changes at the local level. More coordination across national and international programs producing geographic data is needed to further increase their policy relevance.
Keywords:
environment, Geographic Information Systems, regional development
JEL Classification:
  • Q5: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics / Environmental Economics
  • R1: Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics / General Regional Economics