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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: South Africa 2013

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This report is the first OECD review of South Africa’s environmental performance. It has been carried out as part of the OECD dialogue with South Africa as Key Partner. The report evaluates South Africa's progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus on policies that provide incentives to protect South Africa's exceptionally rich biodiversity and promote more effective and efficient environmental management across different levels of public administration.

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Key environmental trends

This chapter provides a snapshot of key environmental trends in South Africa between 1994 and 2013. It highlights the country’s main environmental achievements, as well as the remaining challenges on the path towards a greener economy and sustainable development. The chapter describes South Africa’s progress in reducing the carbon, energy and material intensities of its economy; in managing its natural asset base, including water, biodiversity and mineral resources; and in improving the environmental quality of life.

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