OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Italy 2013

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The OECD Environmental Performance Review Programme provides independent assessments of countries’ progress in achieving their domestic and international environmental policy commitments, together with policy relevant recommendations. They are 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. The 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. The most recent reviews include: Mexico (2013), Germany (2012) and Slovenia (2012).

This report is the third OECD review of Italy’s environmental performance. It evaluates progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus on policies that promote more effective and efficient water management and provide better incentives to tackle climate change.

English Also available in: Italian, French

Multi-level environmental governance: Water

This chapter examines Italy’s water management policies from a multi-level governance perspective. It presents the main trends in water quality and quantity and in the development of water-related infrastructure, including regional differences. It provides insights on the evolution of policy, legal and institutional frameworks for water management, along with governance challenges in managing water resources. The chapter highlights the interconnection between governance and financing of water management and the way they can be addressed jointly through the mitigation of territorial and institutional fragmentation, better management planning, further engagement of stakeholders, improvement of the information base, and wider use of economic instruments for river basin management. Finally, this chapter presents efforts to improve Italy’s water supply and sanitation sector and to strengthen its financial sustainability.

English Also available in: Italian, French


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