On 26 June 2015, the PAGE Management Board decided to formally include Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China, in PAGE.
As the second largest economy in the world, China has not only positioned itself as an emerging economic power, the country is also gradually shifting its development focus toward sustainability. Ecological Civilization, which is the Chinese concept for a sustainable development framework, has received unprecedented attention from high-level leadership in China at both central and local levels, and is also gaining recognition internationally.
Various policies and practices have been put in place to promote and facilitate the transition to an Inclusive Green Economy (IGE). For example, China has been a leader in renewable energy development. In 2014, China accounted for US$ 83.3 billion (including research and development) in new investment in renewable energy, which is the highest in the world and more than all of Europe combined. As a result of this investment, 3.39 million jobs have been created.
To tackle various development challenges faced by China, the Government expressed its interest and is committed to work with PAGE starting at the provincial level in Jiangsu.
Located on the eastern coast of China, Jiangsu province is home to around 80 million people and is one of the most technologically advanced provinces in the country. Situated in the Yangtze Delta, where a dense network of rivers, lakes and waterways exists, Jiangsu has a strong natural resource base. With a total GDP of 6,508.8 billion yuan in 2014, it ranks as the second richest and the most developed province of China with an HDI of 0.748 in 2010, ranking fourth in China. To maintain its competitiveness and achieve inclusive development for its citizens, the province has committed to green its economy.
PAGE Objective in China
With PAGE support Jiangsu Province of China aims to achieve two main objectives:
1) To identify and exemplify successes and good practices at the policy, business, and sub-provincial levels to inspire other provinces and countries. Jiangsu Province is relatively advanced in integrating key elements of a green economy into development plans and policies. Exemplifying, analyzing and sharing these good practices nationally could inspire more changes in other provinces. In addition, the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) at the national as well as provincial level is nearly complete and requires the full integration of environmental concerns into economic, social, cultural and political spheres.
2) To identify and analyse major challenges to green economy policy implementation. Although some green economy strategies, policies, and plans are in place, and there are successful examples of their implementation, the province at large still faces challenges in transforming its economy. Through the engagement of local stakeholders, PAGE will support the government to substantiate and prioritize such challenges in order to offer targeted solutions in future phases.
The initial phase of the PAGE support in Jiangsu will:
1) Exemplify the province’s green economy successes and good practices in partnership with the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP);
2) Produce a stocktaking report of the major green economy policies, strategies, and plans, including those embedded in the 13th five-year plan, provides examples of successes and good practices, and prioritizes major challenges.
In addition to analysis and assessment reports, PAGE will engage wide-ranging local stakeholders in capacity building activities on green finance, green jobs, green industry, and inclusiveness in a green economy, among others.
National PAGE Partners
Ministry of Environmental Protection
Environmental Protection Department of Jiangsu Province
Jiangsu Development & Reform Commission
Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy, Ministry of Environmental Protection
Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning, Ministry of Environmental Protection
Beijing Normal University
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