Environment, Water Resources and Agricultural Policies

Lessons from China and OECD Countries

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China's endowment of water resources is extremely low, poorly distributed, and increasingly polluted.  With agriculture being one of the main consumers of water, China's future development depends on initiatives that will raise the efficiency and efficacy of water use.  These workshop proceedings examine the current situation in China, look at what is being done in OECD countries to manage water resources, and suggest policy options for China.



Decision Support Tools to Aid Policy Design and Implementation for Sustainable Resource Use in Agriculture

Given the growing importance of agri-environmental policies in many countries, underpinning policy-making with better analysis is a matter of some urgency to enhance policy monitoring, evaluation and future scenario analysis. In this regard the OECD has made a significant contribution in terms of: identifying and measuring the environmental performance of agriculture; building an inventory of policy measures addressing environmental issues in agriculture; and, analysing the linkages between policies and environmental outcomes. This paper provides examples of the OECD activities across these areas and identifies future directions of work to strengthen decision support tools that can improve policy design and implementation for sustainable resource use in agriculture.


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