ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE: INTERNATIONAL LESSONS IN BIODIVERSITY

You must produce a report to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The objective is to inform the Secretary of State about international issues, and the economic and policy implications. In order to do this, you will need select one country (other than the UK) from the OECD (see link on Blackboard for list of countries) and write a report on its performance in environmental policy in the area of Biodiversity, so that the Minister can learn from international experience.

REPORT CONTENT (Your report needs to focus on the following themes):

1. Specific performance review.

NEED TO COVER EXTERNALITIES EVALUATION, VALUATION OF ENVIRONMENT, PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE, ENERGY POLICY.
You will need to select indicators to show how your country compares with the other OECD members. You will need to justify your choice of indicators, and use appropriate graphs and charts.

2. What are the policy issues?
POLICIES: MARKET BASED APPROACH VERSUS COMAND AND CONTROL.
There needs to be an evaluation of environmental policy in your chosen country, paying attention to the role of economic incentives and the law. Attention can be paid to differences at local and national level.

3. What lessons can be learned from Environmental Management in your chosen country?
Drawing insights from your findings, you will need to consider the general strengths and weaknesses of the environmental management system in your country, with emphasis on environmental quality and economic competitiveness.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:

a. Appropriate length (no more than 2500 words), format and structure. You must provide full references for all your sources.
b. Your work should be grammatically sound; please proof-read or spell-check before submission.
c. Evidence of adequate research and the use of an appropriate range of data sources and data presentation formats (graphs, charts, figures and tables, as relevant).
d. Analysis which focuses on the question requirements.
e. A brief Executive Summary and Conclusion, each of no more than 250 words.

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