OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Netherlands 2003

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This review of the Netherland'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

The Netherlands, which has a very open economy, experienced rapid expansion during the last ten years. It is the world’s sixth largest exporting country, and its gross domestic product (GDP) is the world’s 14th highest. The Netherlands has become a hub of international commerce, with a transport infrastructure centred on the port of Rotterdam (the busiest port in the world) and Amsterdam-Schiphol airport...

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