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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Portugal 2011

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This report presents the OECD review of Portugal’s environmental policy performance for 2011. It finds that environmental policies have been consolidated and strengthened since the last review in 2001, but that meeting the post-Kyoto targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions will be challenging. With energy and climate policies being closely related, the report points out that with less than 50% of hydro capacity currently being exploited, there is potential for further development in that area. It also describes the challenges regarding coastal zone and marine management.

Topics covered in the report include greening growth, implementation of environmental policies , international co-operation , climate change, waste management and the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), and nature and biodiversity.

Further information about the Environmental Performance Review programme is available on line via www.oecd.org/env/countryreviews

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Foreword

Over the last decade, Portugal has made important progress in protecting the environment and enhancing the quality of life of its people. This has been underpinned by the transposition of EU Environmental Directives, and financing from the EU Cohesion and Structural Funds. Indeed, Portugal’s success in attracting and absorbing finance, and in effectively using it to establish environmental infrastructure and to build human and institutional capacities, provides many lessons for countries within and outside the EU.

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