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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: The Netherlands 2015

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This report is the third OECD review of environmental performance in the Netherlands. It evaluates progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus on sustainable mobility, and waste and materials management.



The OECD Environmental Performance Review Programme provides independent assessments of country progress in achieving domestic and international environmental policy commitments. The reviews are conducted to improve environmental performance, promote peer learning and enhance accountability. They are supported by a broad range of economic and environmental data, and provide policy-relevant recommendations.

Each review cycle covers all OECD countries and selected partner economies. The most recent reviews include: Spain (2015), Poland (2015), Sweden (2014).

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Environmental governance and management

This chapter examines the Netherlands’ environmental governance and policy framework for environmental management. It documents important advances in environmental policy, particularly in streamlining environmental legislation, regulations and permitting requirements. It also summarises key developments in specific areas, including climate change, air, water, biodiversity and nature, spatial planning and external safety. Finally, the chapter discusses environmental permitting, enforcement and compliance, as well as the tools in place to ensure a comprehensive system of environmental information and strong policy evaluation mechanisms. The recommendations on environmental governance and management are summarised in a box at the end of the chapter.

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