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Assessing Environmental Management Capacity: Towards a Common Reference Framework

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    The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness calls upon donor and partner countries to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of country systems in a way that guarantees ownership and sustainable results. Within this context, the current paper provides a synthesis of major elements and approaches of institutional assessment that may be applied to environmental management. It suggests that while a large number of diagnostic tools are in use, their level of elaboration is not sufficient for systemic sector-specific capacity assessments that would match partners’ and donors’ needs. In order to facilitate the improvement of these tools, the paper provides an inventory of core functions for environmental management. This inventory may be used by those involved in capacity assessments to consider more amply specifics of the environmental sector. Each function will need to be associated with benchmarks reflecting the multifaceted nature of institutional capacity. The evolving approaches to environmental management, as well as changes in the international and country context, impose the need to regularly update both the list of functions and complementary benchmarks. Afin de répondre aux engagements articulés dans la Déclaration de Paris sur l'efficacité de l'aide ainsi qu’aux priorités actuelles en matière de renforcement des capacités, les pays donateurs et partenaires doivent améliorer les performances des systèmes nationaux en garantissant une gestion au niveau local et des résultats durables. La présente étude offre une synthèse des principaux éléments et méthodes de diagnostic institutionnel pouvant être utilisés pour les systèmes de la gestion environnementale. Bien que les outils de diagnostic employés soient nombreux, leur degré d’élaboration demeure insuffisant pour permettre de procéder à des évaluations systémiques des capacités répondant aux modèles contemporains de partenariats entre les donneurs et les bénéficiaires de l’aide. Pour faciliter l’amélioration de ces outils, l’étude recense les fonctions essentielles des autorités publiques en matière de gestion environnementale. Ce recensement peut servir de point de départ à une analyse plus approfondie des capacités. Il sera nécessaire d’associer chaque fonction aux critères spécifiques et, si possible, aux étalons de référence internationaux susceptibles de mieux rendre compte de la nature pluridimensionnelle des capacités institutionnelles. Toutefois, le caractère évolutif des méthodes de gestion environnementale exige que ces fonctions et les éventuels critères d’analyse soient régulièrement mis à jour et affinés en fonction des changements sur le plan national et international.

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    Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Environment Working Papers with number 8.

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    Date of creation: 14 May 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:oec:envaaa:8-en

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    Keywords: natural resources; capacity assessment and development; development co-operation; environmental policy implementation; environmental management; government functions; évaluation et renforcement des capacités; mise en oeuvre des politiques d'environnement; fonction publique; gestion des ressources naturelles; coopération pour le développement; gestion environnementale;

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