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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Norway 2011

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This report presents the third OECD review of Norway’s environmental policy performance. Previous reviews were published in 2001 and 1993. Topics covered in this report include greening growth, implementation of environmental policies, international cooperation, climate change, waste management and the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), and nature and biodiversity.

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Developments since the 2001 Review

Showing strong signs of economic recovery following the 2008-09 global downturn, Norway continues to develop its capacity as a pioneer in various aspects of environmental policy. Since the 2001 OECD review, Norway has prioritised certain policies that aim to reduce environmental strains, notably in the areas of: climate change, biodiversity, marine environment, waste management and chemicals management. Even as a non-EU member country, Norway has influenced EU environmental policy, and in some areas has adopted requirements more stringent than those set out by the EU. However, there are continuing issues concerning the increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; the threat posed to certain species in forests, waterways, and agricultural landscapes; and the escalation in waste generation.

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