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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Germany 2012

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This OECD Environmental Performance Review provides an independent assessment of Germany’s progress in achieving domestic and international environmental policy commitments, together with policy relevant recommendations. It has been conducted to promote peer learning, to enhance countries’ accountability to each other and to the public, and to improve governments’ environmental performance, individually and collectively. These Reviews are supported by a broad range of economic and environmental data. Each cycle of the Environmental Performance Reviews covers all OECD member countries and selected partner countries

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Policy-making environment

Since 2000, Germany has built upon what was an already ambitious environmental policy framework. There has also been a shift from sector-specific to more comprehensive, cross-cutting policies. This chapter reviews the main strategies and initiatives that were launched during the decade in the areas of sustainable development and environmental management, including on biodiversity, water, resource efficiency, energy and climate change. It examines Germany’s environmental governance, the mechanisms in place to improve horizontal and vertical co-ordination, and the instruments used to systematically evaluate the environmental impacts of economic and sectoral policies. Progress in promoting environmental democracy, through open access to information and improved public participation in decision making is also discussed.

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