OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: France 2016

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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews provide independent assessments of countries’ progress towards their environmental policy objectives. Reviews promote peer learning, enhance government accountability, and provide targeted recommendations aimed at improving countries’ environmental performance, individually and collectively. They are supported by a broad range of economic and environmental data and evidence-based analysis. Each cycle of Environmental Performance Reviews covers all OECD member countries and selected partner countries. The most recent reviews include: Spain (2015), Brazil (2015) and Chile (2016).

This report is the third Environmental Performance Review of France. It evaluates progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus on energy transition and biodiversity.

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Biodiversity: Protection of areas of outstanding natural beauty

This chapter analyses the efforts made by France to strengthen its policy framework for the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity. It describes the status and development of biodiversity in France, as well as the pressures upon it. The chapter analyses the strategic, legislative and institutional framework in place and ongoing efforts to streamline the governance of biodiversity. It examines the increase in protected areas, the instruments used for conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity, as well as funding resources. The manner in which biodiversity-related objectives are integrated into agriculture, land use planning, infrastructure and urban development is also analysed.

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