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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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Implementation of Environmental Policies

A number of initiatives including simplification of regulation, decentralisation of environmental responsibilities and the intelligent use of economic instruments has facilitated the successful application of many environmental policies in Norway. Enforcement is better targeted, risk based and deterrence oriented. New requirements have expanded the coverage and scope of projects subject to environmental impact assessment, and introduced better consultation arrangements with the general public. Supporting this is an extensive system of environmental indicators used to monitor policy and communicate results. With a number of areas requiring closer attention such as air pollution, water and wastewater infrastructure, and river management, making use of the strong policy base is critical to progress.

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