OECD Regions at a Glance 2011

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OECD Regions at a Glance is the one-stop guide for understanding regional competitiveness and performance, providing comparative statistical information at the sub-national level, graphs and maps. It identifies new ways that regions can increase their capacity to exploit local factors, mobilise resources and link with other regions. Measuring such factors as education levels, employment opportunities and intensity of knowledge-based activities, this publication offers a statistical snapshot of how life is lived – and can be improved – from region to region in the OECD area. 

This fourth edition of OECD Regions at a Glance showcases the contribution of regions to stronger, fairer and cleaner economies, drawing on both the latest comparable data and past trends across regions in OECD countries. It highlights the persistence of regional disparities, underscores unused resources that can be mobilised to maximise regions’ competitive edge, and shows the common characteristics of performing regions. The report includes data on the four newest OECD member countries: Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia. Where available, data on Brazil, China, India, the Russian Federation and South Africa are also included. This publication provides a dynamic link (StatLink) for each graph and map, which directs the user to a web page where the corresponding data are available in Excel®.

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Forests, natural vegetation and the carbon footprint of regions

Forests are strategic assets for sustainable development and for climate change mitigation. Besides being essential for biodiversity and the environment, they fulfil other functions for society, providing employment opportunities as well as recreational value. A significant fraction of the land of OECD countries is covered by forests. There are however large differences across and within countries. Among the countries with the largest interregional variation, the United States, Canada, Chile, Mexico and Norway in the OECD – and Brazil and the Russian Federation among emerging economies – display regions with more than 80% of the land covered by forests (Figure 28.1). At the same time, in all these countries with the exception of Norway, more than one region has less than 10% of forested land. Given these large regional differences, it is very important to put in place co-ordinated policies for forest conservation at the national, regional and local level.

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