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    OECD/CEPAL. Evaluaciones del desempeño ambiental: Chile. Chile. Spanish. 2005. 246 pp.

    This is the Spanish version of the Environmental Performance Review of Chile conducted by the Organization for Economic cooperation and Development (OECD/OCDE), assisted by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC/CEPAL). Chile is not a member of the OECD (among Latin American nations, only Mexico is), but it does cooperate with the OECD issues and is rumored to be applying for membership. The report praises Chile’s progress in a number of areas (reducing air emissions from the copper industry, improving air quality in the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, water reforms, innovative use of economic instruments), but offers 52 recommendations for improvement.


    World Bank. “Dominican Republic: Environmental Priorities and Strategic Options – Country Environmental Analysis.” English. 2004. 55 pp.

    The World Bank launched its Country Environmental Analysis (CEA) series to “evaluate systematically the environmental priorities of development in client countries, the environmental implications of key policies, and countries’ capacity to address their priorities.” The DR was among the first five countries (along with Belarus, Egypt, Serbia & Montenegro, and Tunisia) to undergo a CEA. Among other LAC nations only Colombia is currently scheduled for CEA.


    OECD. OECD Environmental Performance Reviews – Mexico. English. 2003. 244pp. Cost: US$33.

    This book is part of the OECD Environmental Performance Reviews Program, which essentially are peer reviews of environmental conditions and progress in each OECD member country. The Review scrutinizes Mexico’s efforts to meet both domestic objectives and international commitments and provides recommendations for further action and policy steps. The report notes progress in hazardous waste management, in decentralizing water management, and in improving air quality in Metropolitan Mexico City.


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