Sustainable Development in OECD Countries

Getting the Policies Right

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This publication summarises the lessons learned from the 30 country reviews of sustainable development that have been published since 2002 as part of OECD Economic Surveys. It also examines the concrete action that countries have taken to promote sustainable development while concentrating on the results that have been achieved and the efficiency of achieving the results. The publication focuses on major policy areas including the improvement of environmental policies, raising living standards in developing countries, and ensuring sustainable retirement income policies. Numerous tables provide detailed data and sustainable development indicators that have been used to gauge performance and assess costs.

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Reducing Water Pollution and Improving Natural Resource Management

Adequate clean water is a precondition to human and ecosystem life. Eighteen country reviews looked at policies affecting the management of water resources and the control of water pollutant emissions. The chapter reports the conclusions from the country reviews as regards developments in water use, in the quality of water bodies with a focus on the capacity of policy instruments to encourage sustainable use and to reduce pollution in an efficient fashion. It also provides data and analysis on sustainability issues in fisheries management.


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