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WORKSHOP ON THE TRANSFER AND DEVELOPMENT OF ENVIRONMENTALLY-SOUND TECHNOLOGIES

The Government of Norway and UNCTAD co-sponsored this workshop in Oslo from 13-15 October 1993. The workshop, which was attended by more than 40 experts, was structured around four themes: general technology-environment issues; supply side issues; demand side issues; and new initiatives. The participants noted the following: (a) a number of proposals for action are currently stalled because the relevant decision-makers in government and industry do not have sufficient empirical evidence of the realities of the situation to make a decision or because there is no consistent view on the nature of the problems involved; (b) a number of apparently successful institutional innovations need to be documented and tracked over time. Benchmarking and other best practices could be disseminated to inspire innovations elsewhere; and (c) there are weaknesses in the methodological approaches to a number of environmental issues.