New Publication: Green Recovery for Practitioners – Examples from around the World for Building Forward Better

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Over a year ago, the Covid-19 pandemic started to severely impact people’s lives worldwide. As recovery funds were mobilised, calls grew to integrate climate and biodiversity concerns in Covid-19 response measures – giving rise to the concept of a green recovery. Looking at the concept and related discussions, this report asks: What is actually happening on the ground? How do communities, cities and countries put the idea of a green recovery into practice? What progress are they making and what lessons have they learned so far?

These questions provide the starting point for this report, which seeks to inform and inspire the practical implementation of a green recovery. It compiles green recovery measures and instruments that have been deployed in countries worldwide, particularly in developing countries and emerging economies. 23 snapshots of green recovery examples from more than 20 countries reflect a wide range of sectors, entry levels and approaches. By providing implementation insights and by highlighting lessons learned, these case studies can help determine practical steps for taking green recovery planning from ambition to action.

The case studies are organised into six thematic areas:

  • Alignment and reform of national planning (Colombia, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Jordan, Nigeria, Rwanda) 
  • Economic, monetary and fiscal tools (European Union, Peru)
  • Just transition and employment (Chile; Ethiopia, Ghana, & Kenya; New Zealand; South Africa)
  • Local action and sustainable urban development (Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, & Peru; Kenya, Mexico, Uruguay)
  • Nature-based solutions, supporting biodiversity and sustainable agriculture (Ehtiopia, India, Jamaica, Pakistan)
  • International cooperation and financing (Rwanda, Global)

Download this report here.

A publication series for practitioners

This report is the second publication in the series Green Recovery for Practitioners which is developed in contribution to the NDC Partnership’s Economic Advisory Initiative. Published in January 2021, the first part in the series, titled Setting the Course Towards a Sustainable, Inclusive and Resilient Transformation, maps out key arguments in support of a green recovery and the various components, stakeholders and instruments it might entail. Download the first publication in ENGLISH, FRENCH, SPANISH. The forthcoming third report will analyse the fiscal response to the pandemic and identify approaches for integrating climate and biodiversity concerns into fiscal policy making.

The publication series is developed in a joint effort by The EU-funded EUROCLIMA+ programme, the BMU-funded IKI Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA) and IKI Support Project for the Design and Implementation of the New Global Biodiversity Framework (BioFrame), the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) and E3G.

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