24/10/2016 25/10/2016OECD Conference Centre, France


The objectives of the Global Forum are to provide a platform for policy experts, academics and government officials from OECD and developing countries to explore how a well-managed natural environment can contribute to economic growth and how such an effective and efficient regulatory system can be designed. The Forum is organised across three themes: how economic growth affects the environment; how environmental degradation affects economic growth; and how environmental policies can help to make the most out of environmental protection and economic growth.

The links between the economy and the environment are manifold: the environment provides resources to the economy, and acts as a sink for emissions and waste. Natural resources are essential inputs for production in many sectors, while production and consumption also lead to pollution and other pressures on the environment. Poor environmental quality in turn affects economic growth and wellbeing by lowering the quantity and quality of resources or due to health impacts, etc. In this context, environmental policies can curb the negative feedbacks from the economy on the environment (and vice-versa). But how effective they are and whether they generate a net benefit or a net cost to society is the subject of much debate and depends on the way they are designed and implemented.

While the main mechanisms that link the economy and the environment are qualitatively known, assessments of environmental policies are often hampered by a lack of consistent metrics to compare the costs and benefits of policy changes, or by a more general lack of empirical evidence. The economic costs of biophysical and environmental consequences of policy inaction, and the associated benefits of new policies, are often not quantified. Therefore, economic discussions are often dominated by the very visible costs of policy action. Thus, it is essential to improve the toolkits that economists use to assess the benefits of environmental policies. This OECD Global Forum on Environment aims to shed some light on this important debate.

Registration & Logistics:

  • Registration Form. Participation is by invitation only. Experts that would like to be considered for this Forum can contact the organisers and attach a short CV to their request.
  • Logistical note
  • Visas for France: French entry visas must be obtained from the Consulate or Diplomatic Mission in the country of residence prior to departure:


The Forum is organised across three main themes:

Opening and scene setting. This session highlights the key links between environment and growth from a policy perspective and set the context for the following sessions. It also examines the tools and approaches for quantifying such linkages.

  1. How does economic growth depend on the environment and natural resources? This session focusses on how resource use has fuelled growth in the past, how that is no longer sustainable, and what could be some of the new drivers of growth in a green growth fuelled circular economy.
  2. How does environmental degradation affect economic growth? What are the key risks to future economic growth from environmental impacts? This session focusses on how impacts from air pollution and climate change damages hamper economic growth. It also provides insights from recent OECD work on the global macroeconomic costs of policy inaction, coupled with insights from experts on specific sectors and regions.
  3. How can environmental policies be designed to be compatible with (green) economic growth? How can policies exploit synergies and minimise trade-offs between environmental effectiveness and economic efficiency? This session draws on some recent empirical insights into these questions, both from OECD and developing countries.

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