Knowledge Update
Issue 2013-7                                                                                                            July 9, 2013
Building Pathways to Greener Growth - GGKP's First Practitioners' Workshop
Last month, the GGKP held its first Practitioners' Workshop on the topic of building pathways to greener growth. The workshop was organized by the World Bank, in collaboration with GIZ, and with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Over two days of seminars, exchange and networking, technical experts from developing country governments in Asia were exposed to various green growth policy tools and shared their experiences on green growth planning and implementation. All presentations, materials and summaries from the workshop are available on the GGKP website. 
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Latest Research
Putting green growth at the heart of development

"Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development", a new publication by the OECD, explains why green growth is vital to secure a more sustainable future for developing countries. Covering 74 policies and measures from 37 countries and 5 regional initiatives, this publication outlines an action-oriented twin-track agenda to guide national and international policies and practices to successfully tackle green growth.

A guide to international green economy initiatives
Issue 4 of UN-DESA's Guidebook to the Green Economy focuses on the various international green economy platforms, partnerships, programs, funds and other initiatives providing services, such as information exchange, data management, capacity building, finance, and technology services, to support countries and stakeholders to implement a green economy. The guidebook also aims to map out the key actors involved, the services that they provide to countries, and the geographical reach of these initiatives.

New report shows who is most at risk from climate change and why 

"Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience", part II of the World Bank's "Turn Down the Heat" series, explores the likely impacts of 2C and 4C warming across three vulnerable regions. In particular, it describes risks to agriculture and livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa, the rise in sea-level and devastation to coastal areas likely in South East Asia, and water extremes facing South Asia.


Regional debate on green economy in Latin America and the Caribbean 

A new UNEP Green Economy Discussion Paper focuses on six countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, namely: Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela. The paper, "Development strategies of selected Latin American and Caribbean countries and the green economy approach - A comparative analysis" explores the compatibility of key elements of the development strategies of these countries with the green economy approach, including how policies promoting a low-carbon, resource efficient and inclusive economy could potentially enhance these national efforts to eradicate poverty, reduce social inequality and improve human well-being. 

How international cooperation can support green growth innovation

The Global Green Growth Institute and the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution have produced a brief which describes several ways that international cooperation can play a critical role in facilitating widespread innovation and implementation of new and appropriate green growth technologies. The brief outlines six existing institutional structures that have been invoked as possible examples for scaling up to foster green innovation more broadly and suggests several policy recommendations that are feasible in the near term. 


The Little Green Data Book 2013

The new edition of the Little Green Data Book, the World Bank's annual compilation of environmental data, was released on World Environment Day 2013. The book contains data on 55 key indicators, including GDP, population, deforestation, water use, energy use and electricity use per capita. The book also includes an adjusted net savings (ANS) indicator which monitors whether depletion of natural capital, such as minerals or forests, is compensated for by investment in other assets, such as human capital or infrastructure. 

Trade implications of domestic measures to promote renewable energy

A new OECD Trade and Environment Working Paper surveys the numerous domestic incentives used by governments to promote renewable energy, focusing on those that might have implications for trade - both those that are likely to increase opportunities for trade and those that may inhibit imports or promote exports. The authors find that while many domestic incentives are both increasing the supply of renewable energy and facilitating trade in associated technologies and renewable fuels, some - especially those combined with border protection or domestic-content requirements - are likely reducing export opportunities for foreign suppliers, and raising domestic prices for renewable energy as a consequence. 

Urbanization and green growth from an African perspective

"Urbanization and Green Growth in Africa", a new paper by the Growth Dialogue addresses the issues of urbanization and green growth in Africa. The paper characterizes the urban expansion in Africa, suggests a framework to discuss green growth at the city level, provides policy options, and summarizes key points for moving the policy agenda forwards. The reports uses relevant examples from Africa and other cities around the world.

Accessing the Green Climate Fund

A new CDKN policy brief on "Enhancing Direct Access to the Green Climate Fund" discusses access modalities for the Green Climate Fund. In particular, the paper explains the terminology around 'direct access' and 'enhanced direct access', outlining the capacities needed at each institutional level  to achieve direct access; reviews recent experience of using the 'direct access' approach in international climate funds; and makes recommendations to the Green Climate Fund Board on building blocks for the Fund's design.

Presentations available for GGKP events at GGGS
All presentations from the GGKP's events at the Global Green Growth Summit 2013 are available online. The GGKP held two events at GGGS, a parallel session on measuring progress on green growth which featured the recent GGKP publication "Moving towards a Common Approach on Green Growth Indicators"; and a side event on green growth knowledge management, featuring presentations from the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, the Green Growth Best Practices initiative, the Climate-Smart Planning Platform, and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership.
Coverage and outcomes of the GGKP's 2nd Annual Conference available online
A summary of the key outcomes of the GGKP's 2nd Annual Conference, as well as all background papers, presentations, photos and videos are available on the conference website. In addition, you can read a blog post from GGKP Advisory Committee Member Carlo Carraro, where he discusses the importance of knowledge generation in the field of green growth and provides his reflections on the conference themes. All materials are available at: