Title: Water and Green Growth: Examining the Links
Event type: Seminar
Date: 2011-08-23
Time: 09:00 - 12:30
Convenor: International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Government of Korea, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Water Council (WWC) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Room: T5

This seminar has been broadcasted live! You can see the film clips from this seminar here.

Water is integral to economic development. Likewise, ecosystem services - and the value they deliver to the economy - depend on water. Management of water resources will be central to the emerging concepts of 'green economy' and 'green growth' - including at the water-food-energy nexus. Despite the prioritisation of green economy in global policy dialogues - including in the upcoming Rio+20 conference - it is not clear what options for water resources development are 'green' and how investment strategies for water will have to change. What new opportunities for public and private sector investment will emerge through valuing ecosystem services? How will understanding of economic returns from investing in ecosystems as 'natural infrastructure' change investment priorities? This seminar will bring together representatives from the public and private sector, investors and civil society with the objective of clarifying the opportunities for water from green growth strategies. Following an interactive panel on concepts and experience, participants will contribute to roundtable dialogues. The roundtables will be align potential solutions to the 5 targets of Priority for Action 2.4 of the 6th World Water Forum "Promote Green Growth and Value Ecosystem Services", to help set the action plan for the theme leading up to the Forum in 2012.





Keynote Speaker: Water and Green Growth An OECD perspective. Xavier Leflaive, Environment Directorate


Water, ecosystem services and nature: putting the 'green' into green economy. Marianne Kettunen, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).


The Four Major River Restoration Project. Yoon Jung CHA, Office of National River Restoration Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. Water and Green Growth. Ick Hwan KO, K-water Korea, Karin M. Krchnak, TNC USA, Yoon Jung CHA, MLTM Korea


Panel discussion. Panelists to be confirmed.


Coffee break


 Roundtable dialogues aim at targets for World Water Forum Theme 2.4:

  • action plan
  • investment in technologies and natural capital
  • sustainable financing
  • valuation of ecosystem services
  • green accounting and data improvement

Report from roundtables and Synthesis of key messages. Synthesis: Mr. Ed Piñero, Veolia (tbc)


Concluding remarks


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