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Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates

The Environmental Action Strategy for Sustainable Development in Italy (NSDS) was developed by the Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea, in accordance with the 6th Environmental Action Plan and the guidelines of Barcelona 2002 European Council.

The NSDS was approved by the Inter-ministerial Committee for Economic Planning (CIPE) on 2nd August 2002 (CIPE Deliberation n. 57 of 2nd August 2002 (available in Italian only).

CIPE is an Inter-ministerial body responsible for coordination and horizontal integration of national economic policies. The Inter-Ministerial nature of the CIPE allowed every social-economic development to be framed in the sustainability context as identified by the NSDS, causing a double effect: on one hand, the integration of the environmental concerns in the decision-making processes; on the other hand, the increasing co-ordination among the three pillars of development.

In 2015 a working group has been established inside the Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea, in order to start the review process of the Strategy and to build up strategies among all the institutions involved. The review of the Strategy is also included in the legislative proposal on environmental protection and green economy linked to the 2014 Stability Law, currently under discussion at the Parliament.

Type of SD strategy

NSDS highlighted the environmental dimension of SD, so as to allow for its mainstreaming into sector policies.

Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea

Link to the SD strategy

'Strategia d'azione ambientale per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile' (2002) (in Italian)

Further information about
the SD strategy process

The NSSD focused mainly on environmental matters. The driving element for sustainability and for the definition of targets was essentially the achievement of a decoupling between economic growth and pressure on the use of natural resources and on the environment, especially in agriculture, power and transport sectors. Specific indicators for use of material, soil, energy, water, resources, and waste production per units of economic wealth were foreseen as a measure of outcomes achieved. The NSSD contained four broad priority themes, in line with the EU 6th  Environmental Action Plan.


This Country Profile has been last updated on: Friday, 11 December 2015

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