PAGE holds Jiangsu Provincial Academy on Green Economy

20-21 November 2017, Taizhou, China – The United Nations Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) held its first provincial-level Green Economy Academy in Jiangsu’s Taizhou city. The two-day event gathers more than 50 participants, including environmental scholars, policymakers and front-line environmental bureau officers from seven municipalities in Jiangsu for an interactive learning experience on advancing green economy transition in Jiangsu.

In the opening speech, Mr. Wu Shunze, Director-General of PRCEE, pointed out the theoretical underpinning for the green development notion in China, and the challenges ahead. While green development as a concept already resonates well with the public in China, the green sector of the economy (namely the environmental goods and services and natural capital) is yet to reach a critical mass for catalyzing a full-scale green economy transition. In this context, PAGE provincial academy provides an excellent platform for knowledge sharing and the exchange of ideas and good practices.

The academy agenda, tailored to the local learning needs and context, consists of the following seven modules jointly delivered by leading scholars and specialists in China as well as from PAGE UN agencies:

- Inclusive Green Economy: the UN perspectives and how does it apply to the Jiangsu context

- Green Finance: channeling capital in green industries

- Assessing and Investing in Natural Capital

- SDGs, MAPS and Gender in the Green Economy

- Measuring the progress of Green Economy: the Green Economy Progress (GEP) framework, indicator and its first application in Jiangsu

- Facilitating the Green Transition: Introduction of Green Industrial Policy tools

- Green Industrial Parks in China: evolving development, policy tools and recommendations