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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 Italian, French

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Policy-making environment

This chapter reviews the main strategies and initiatives launched in the areas of sustainable development and environmental management during the period 2002-12. It examines Italy’s environmental governance, the regulatory framework for environmental protection, and programmes to ensure compliance with environmental requirements. The chapter also reviews the application of mechanisms in place to improve horizontal and vertical co-ordination, as well as 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, along with a programme promoting environmental education.

English French, Italian

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