"We must toughen our policies to improve the conservation and sustainable use of our natural resources and wildlife,” says OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
Carbon pricing mechanisms must be mutually supportive, cost-effective, and sustainable in order to inspire confidence to invest in technologies and infrastructure that shift production and consumption decisions towards low-carbon choices.
The EAP Task Force assists Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) countries to improve their environmental policies and conditions. The annual meeting was held on 17-18 September 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Increasing competition between water users to access the resource creates new risks and trade-offs. Farmers, and the environment, will have to compete with cities, energy suppliers, and several industries, to get the water they need.
Without new policies, by 2050, freshwater availability will be further strained, with 2.3 billion more people than today projected to be living in river basins experiencing severe water stress.