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Green Growth

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Title Green Growth
Date October 31 2012 Time / Duration 11 : 30 - 14 : 00 / (2.30hrs)
Venue KDI School Videoconference Room #303 Status Complete
Series: No.
Subject Territorial Development < Environment Organizer KDI School
Host KDI School Co-Host Tokyo Development Learning Center, Vietnam Development Information Center
VC No. MP4 : 02201303180125412 Language English
Participating Sites No. of Participants 98
Program Outline

Green growth is a policy focus for the Asia and Pacific region that emphasizes environmentally sustainable economic progress to foster low-carbon, socially inclusive development.

Nowadays, it is imperative that countries in the AP region continue their economic growth to alleviate poverty and to achieve social progress. However, increased environmental degradation, climate change and resource depletion requires AP region countries to reassess their development paths. The past axiom of grow first, clean up later needs to be changed to a more responsible long-term approach in order to achieve green growth.

Green growth should be considered as a subset of sustainable development, not as a replacement for it. Sustainable development provides an important context for green growth. Green growth can open up new sources of growth through productivity, innovation, new markets, and stability. Green growth will also reduce the risks to growth from bottlenecks that arise when resource scarcity or reduced quality makes investment more costly and creates imbalances in natural systems. 

A country needs to promote green growth by encouraging economic growth with an emphasis on environmental and social concerns. What are the essentials of green growth strategies? Green growth policy consists of broad framework policies such as core fiscal and regulatory settings, e.g. tax and competition policy. Also green grow policy should provide incentives to use natural resources efficiently and to make pollution more expensive. 

However, no government has all the technological, scientific, financial, and other resources needed to implement green growth alone. The challenges are global, and recently we have seen encouraging international efforts to tackle environmental issues collectively, including the path-breaking Cancun agreements to address climate change.

Strategies to achieve greener growth are needed. The objective of this session is to highlight the importance of green growth and review green growth reflected in different countries. It also aims to explore how International Organizations support countries' implementation efforts toward green growth. The participants will have a chance to learn about the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), an international platform, which was launched in Korea in 2010.

  • Ms. Tomoyuki Naito
  • Prof. Kye Woo Lee