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Sustainable Economic Growth: Natural Resources and the Environment in Norway


  • Paul van den Noord
  • Ann Vourc'h


This document examines Norwegian policy on managing natural and environmental resources. These issues, and more generally the challenges of sustainable development, are primary concerns of the authorities in Norway, a country richly endowed with natural resources. Substantial action has been taken, as can be seen in the development of an integrated institutional framework and in the major efforts undertaken to co-ordinate government policies in this area. The investment of a large share of the rent from oil and gas in foreign financial assets should help ensure the inter-generational balance. Norway’s leading role in fostering international co-operation on fisheries and environmental management — where problems often extend beyond national boundaries — also reflects an engagement mindful of the needs of present and future generations. Within the country, the government has succeeded in reducing the emissions of a large number of pollutants. But measures still need to become more ... Ce document examine la politique norvégienne en matière de gestion des ressources naturelles et environnementales. Ces questions, et plus généralement la problématique du développement durable, constituent des préoccupations centrales des pouvoirs publics dans ce pays amplement doté en ressources naturelles, qui se sont traduits en pratique. En attestent le développement d’un cadre institutionnel intégré et les importants efforts de coordination des politiques des administrations publiques dans ce domaine. L’investissement d’une forte proportion de la rente pétrolière et gazière dans des actifs financiers extérieurs répond au souci d’équilibre intergénérationnel. La forte implication de la Norvège pour stimuler la coopération internationale dans la gestion des pêches et de l’environnement constitue également un investissement conforme à l’intérêt des générations présentes et futures, compte tenu du caractère souvent international des problèmes rencontrés. Au niveau national, les ...

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  • Paul van den Noord & Ann Vourc'h, 1999. "Sustainable Economic Growth: Natural Resources and the Environment in Norway," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 218, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:218-en

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    environmental policy; natural resource policies; Norway; sustainable development;

    JEL classification:

    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • Q38 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy (includes OPEC Policy)
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy


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