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Issue 3 - May 6, 2015
New GGKP research on measuring environmental policies and economic competitiveness in developing countries 
Significant gaps exist in our understanding of the trade-offs between green growth policies and international competitiveness. Fears that implementing green growth measures will lower the competitiveness of domestic industries can deter governments from adopting meaningful policies. To stimulate thinking in this area, the GGKP has published a new working paper 'Measuring Environmental Action and Economic Performance in Developing Countries'.

Produced collaboratively through the GGKP's Research Committee on Trade and Competitiveness, the paper assesses options for measuring environmental policy stringency and identifies key knowledge gaps where further research efforts are needed, including new data collection and measurement efforts. To learn more read about the paper in the GGKP Insights blog or join the GGKP on 7 May for a webinar to discuss the findings and next steps.
About GGKP
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of international organisations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. By encouraging widespread collaboration and world-class research, the GGKP offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and data necessary to support the transition to a green economy.
 
Upcoming Events
Webinar - Trade and Green Growth
GGKP
7 May, 2015

3GF, UNEP and the Government of Kenya
13-15 May, 2015
Nairobi, Kenya

Faroese Ministry of Fisheries 
2-3 June, 2015
Nordic House, Torshavin, Faroe Islands

International Tax Dialogue
1-3 July 2015
Paris, France

Environment Europe
30 August - 5 September 2015

Oxford, United Kingdom

 

16th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation

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How to ignite innovation in green growth
The GGGI report 'A Guide to Innovation System Analysis for Green Growth' reviews the basic elements of innovation systems theory; outlines various levels of analysis including the benefits and drawbacks of each approach; describes the main elements needed to build and analyse innovation systems; and provides guidance on how to assess the functioning of an innovation system and recommendations to improve it.
Sectors at risk: Fisheries and aquaculture
The OECD report 'Green Growth in Fisheries and Aquaculture' summarises the current situation in fisheries and aquaculture, observing that in many parts of the world these sectors are at risk and do not reach their full potential. The report emphasises the need for a strong, science-based approach to stock management for resource sustainability and improved regulation to deal with environmental externalities and space competition.
China's potential to green its financial system
The report 'Establishing China's Green Financial System' from the People's Bank of China and UNEP's Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, sets out in specific and practical terms an ambitious agenda of how China can green its rapidly developing financial and capital markets. The report is the outcome of a Green Finance Task Force which was tasked to develop policy, regulatory and market-innovations that would better align China's financial system with the needs of green industry and sustainable development.
Going global: Green R&D by multinationals 
The paper 'Multinational Firms and the Internationalization of Green R&D: a Review of the Evidence and Policy Implications',  was published by Energy Policy Elsevier Journal. The paper presents novel empirical evidence on the internationalization of green R&D by multinational firms (MNCs), as measured by patents data. Learn more on the GGKP Insights blog.
The green transition thus far in the UAE
The report 'UAE State of Green Economy' from the United Arab Emirates (Ministry of Environment & Water) presents the country's current progress towards a green economy.  The report provides a clear overview of the government's plan and diverse public and private efforts, as well as a benchmarking of the country's current standing.
Managing water: Green growth and water
The report 'Water and Green Growth' released by the Republic of Korea and the World Water Council (WWC) is the first major output of a project on Water and Green Growth. It is the result of over 12 months of research and analysis by an international group of experts. It provides an analysis of 26 case studies that illustrate various aspects of water and green growth, and then uses the analysis to recommend a draft framework for policymakers.
Measuring our results - GGKP releases its Impact Report for 2014
The GGKP believes that investing in green growth knowledge leads to tangible results and that to create lasting impact there needs to be research to inform the best strategies, policies and tools available to mobilise the green economy transition. In its Impact report for 2014, the GGKP analyses data on its performance in it's key work streams of generating knowledge, managing knowledge and sharing knowledge. We encourage you to read the report here.
Turn down the heat: Why a 4 degrees celsius warmer world must be avoided
The World Bank is holding a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) which will present the most recent scientific evidence and opportunities for urgent action on climate change. This course is based on the second report of 'Turn down the Heat' ( a study commissioned by the World Bank) and is being held from 20 April to 22 May 2015. This course is open to all.  The World Bank is also hosting a course on 'Investment Planning toward Low Emissions Development' from 1-22 June 2015. Learn more here.