Peru: Environmental Performance Review presented by OECD and ECLAC

Lima, 8 June 2016 - On May 31, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) presented the Environmental Performance Review of Peru, an important milestone within the context of Peru´s commitments as part of its rapprochement to the OECD. Peru was the fifth state in the region where that evaluation was made according to the methodology of the OECD, after Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Colombia.

The Environmental Performance Evaluation (EDA) 2003-2013 contains 96 Conclusions and 66 Recommendations aimed at improving environmental performance, policy development and informed decision making process in the country.

In line with the goals of PAGE support to Peru, the 8th recommendation of the Conclusion and Recommendation, Part I (Progress Towards Sustainable Development), urges Peru to “Complete the Green Growth Strategy in Peru, taking into account the role of environmental policies as a catalyst for economic growth (…) and strengthen coordination between the National Centre for Strategic Planning, the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Production, the Ministry of the Environment and other competent agencies to ensure the effective implementation of low-carbon green growth by defining specific, measurable and consistent environmental objectives”, additionally, recommendations No 9 and 13 strongly suggests Peru to "Incorporate environmental considerations into the tax system" and to “Bolster the role of the private sector in the development of eco-innovation, energy efficiency, nonconventional renewable energy sources”, as well as solid waste management, thus facilitating consumer awareness.

This set of recommendations is key to the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Deveopment, adopted in September 2015 and signed by Peru, and in particular, for the promotion of inclusive green growth.