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Multi-dimensional Review of Paraguay

Volume I. Initial Assessment

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Paraguay has achieved strong and resilient growth and made progress across a range of development outcomes since it emerged from a prolonged period of economic and political instability in the early 2000s. In 2014, the country adopted its first National Development Plan, setting course towards an ambitious vision of the country’s future. To maintain the pace of economic growth and achieve more inclusive development Paraguay will need to overcome a number of institutional, economic and social constraints that challenge its development model. This first volume of the Multi-dimensional Review of Paraguay analyses the country’s development performance and presents the main constraints to the country’s development. It examines five broad areas, corresponding to the key areas of the Sustainable Development Goals: prosperity, people’s well-being, planet, peace and institutions, and partnerships and financing.

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Towards sustainable environment in Paraguay

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Paraguay is endowed with vast natural wealth in terms of biodiversity, energy, water sources and fertile land. This chapter examines the country’s performance in environmental outcomes as well as their impact on citizens’ well-being. Paraguay performs well in several environmental indicators, given its clean energy mix, low air pollution, and low greenhouse gas and carbon emissions. However, Paraguay’s territorial and development model is gradually increasing environmental pressure. Access to clean water, electricity and waste management are still not available for a large part of the population. Deforestation, explained by the current expansion of the agriculture and livestock sectors, remains one of the most urgent areas for environmental sustainability. Paraguay also faces challenges in land management and administration, which is linked to the concentration of land ownership and the rural-to-urban migratory flows. The chapter analyses the main constraints in Paraguay’s institutional framework and the capabilities to address these challenges in the future.

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