Podcast: Australia’s environmental performance review

A scorecard for a difficult decade

Anthony Cox, Frédérique Zegel, Nathalie Girouard, Tess McGirr, Jill Sheppard, Martyn Pearce

Environment & energy, Government and governance, Food & water | Australia

1 February 2019

In the first episode of Policy Forum Pod of 2019, experts from the OECD discuss their new report looking at Australia’s environmental challenges and performance.

With the release this week of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) new report looking at Australia’s environmental performance, we are joined by three of the report’s authors to take a look at a difficult decade, what the country is doing well, and where it might perform better. Listen here: https://policyforumpod.simplecast.fm/oecdenvironment

The panel examines what political tools might be best used to steer the nation in the right direction, and discuss the need for an improvement in how to better inform and engage civil society on these essential issues.

Additionally, our presenters – Jill Sheppard, new presenter Tess McGirr, and Martyn Pearce – also go over some of the recent comments and questions you’ve left us and talk about some of the big policy issues that have played out over the last few weeks, including the recent Menindee fish kills, Australia’s migration stance, and dive into Davos.

This episode brings together three experts from the OECD:

Anthony Cox is the Deputy Director of the Environment Directorate of the OECD. Since joining in 2000, Mr Cox has led work on water, climate, fisheries, political economy of reform, green finance and fossil fuel subsidies.

Nathalie Girouard is Head of the Environmental Performance and Information (EPI) division which manages the Environmental Performance Reviews (EPR), environmental information, and indicators and the accession team at the OECD.

Frédérique Zegel is a policy analyst at the OECD. She co-ordinated the EPRs of Poland, France, Korea, and the Czech Republic. Before joining the EPR team in 2008, she worked on environmental information and indicators at the OECD. Frédérique was awarded a MSc in Statistics and Computer Science from the ENSAE in Paris.

Our presenters for this week’s podcast are:

Jill Sheppard is a political scientist at the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University.

Tess McGirr is a Sir Roland Wilson Scholar at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. Her research looks at how social services can complement welfare reform to improve employment outcomes.

Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode

David Attenborough talk at Davos

OECD Environmental Performance Review: Australia 2019

Policy Forum Pod Facebook group

Policy Forum Pod: Water justice

Policy Forum Pod: A vision for the north

Toxic: what is rotten in the Murray-Darling Basin – Quentin Grafton, Emma Carmody, Matthew Colloff, & John Williams.

Australia has missed the boat – Marianne Dickie

Misguided multilateralism – Wesley Widmaier

Rutger Bregman’s panel appearance at Davos

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