With this project IUCN Oceania seeks to create a strong and effective coalition of Pacific Island leaders in key development sectors who can drive the introduction and implementation of green growth and sustainability principles in policy and decision making in their countries.
Green Growth Leaders Coalition Project
In 1992 the United Nations convened a landmark conference on Sustainable Development. This Conference defined the needs of developing countries in as far as development was concerned and placed the issue of sustainability within the economic premise of growth. The debate has culminated in the push from the economists and the private sector to address climate change through green economic policies. During the recent global financial crisis, the UN General Assembly and several UN agencies underscored that the crisis represented an opportunity to promote green economy initiatives as part of the stimulus packages being put in place to support the recovery.
Most recent research suggests that the total economic value of the resources of the Pacific Ocean is estimated at close to USD$ 1.1 trillion. In addition, the estimated total economic value of our coral reef and mangrove systems is worth a staggering USD$ 7.8 billion and these ecosystems contribute approximately 25% towards the regional GDP. Current cost of the effects of climate change on Pacific economies is estimated at USD$ 7 billion over the next 20 years.
The outcomes of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Environment Ministers meeting in January 2012 referred to a 'Green growth framework' that would shape the member countries development efforts. The forum also agreed to propose the expansion of the mandate of the MSG Secretariat to address climate change as a priority for this region. This move is the beginning of a clear departure from the usual approach used by agencies under the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific and a step towards the development of more initiatives and mechanisms that are specific to the region and owned by the region.
It is essential that the issue of the sustainability of our environment remains as a priority for policy makers in the region for the medium to long term. Therefore, it is critical that we empower our leaders to address these challenges and provide them with opportunities to lead this change and transformation. This empowerment needs to be owned by, and driven by Pacific leaders. This accompaniment needs to be strategic in nature, based on self-defined priorities that would usher in green growth and a clearer understanding of 'green economic' policies that address both the production and consumption patterns.
With this project IUCN Oceania seeks to create a strong and effective coalition of Pacific Island leaders in key development sectors who can drive the introduction and implementation of green growth and sustainability principles in policy and decision making in their countries. In the first stage, the project will identify influential leaders with interest in green economic growth (or against) and the identification of potential issues to act on with this theme. The leaders and issues identified will in due course shape the activities designed to develop support for steps on the path towards green economies.
- Ensure selected leaders understand and can articulate current challenges and constraints impacting the environment at global, regional and national levels including climate change effects, economic policies detrimental to the sustainability of our environment, cultural issues and the realities of development in the Pacific.
- Empower key leaders in the Pacific to identify environmentally sustainable opportunities inherent to green economic growth policies.
- Develop a coalition of Pacific Leaders to engage effectively in introducing and moving sustainability and green growth concepts within critical development sectors in their countries over the short and medium term.
June 2011 - May 2013
Pacific Leadership Program, AUSAID
Contact person for the project is Fe'iloakitau Kaho Tevi, firstname.lastname@example.org.