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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Austria 2003

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This review of Austria's environmental conditions and policies evaluates progress in reducing the pollution burden, improving natural resource management, integrating environmental and economic policies, and strengthening international co-operation. The analyses presented are supported by a broad range of economic and environmental data.

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Conclusions and Recommendations

Austria’s GDP increased by 27% between 1990 and 2001. The Austrian economy, which is very open and highly dependent on foreign exchange, experienced an economic upswing in the late 1990s and a slowdown in 2001-02. Federal and provincial governments have long had ambitious environmental policies to respond to pressures on the environment from sectors such as industry, transport, agriculture and energy, as well as the reliance on the environment of the tourism and leisure industry, which generates about 18% of GDP...

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