The Green Growth Best Practices (GGBP) is a research initiative assessing green growth planning and implementation practices around the world. It aims to evaluate and identify what works best under different circumstances to assist policymakers and practitioners in improving the quality of green growth efforts, especially in developing countries.
GGBP is managed by a team based in GGGI that works with 75 authors from around the world and is actively engaged with more than 200 experts in an interactive process. The assessment results will inform the content of a range of products, including a synthesis report, a living handbook, briefing papers and other outputs tailored to users’ needs and will be made available from November 2013. The lessons and information on best practices will be actively shared with the wider communities of practice through a broad portfolio of outreach activities.
GGBP is also supported by the Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the European Climate Foundation (ECF).
GGGI interviewed Mr. Ron Benioff, the Project Director, to hear more about the initiative.
GGGI: First of all please tell us what exactly is the Green Growth Best Practice initiative? What is your vision for the project?
Ron Benioff: There are a growing number of national and sub-national governments which are developing and implementing green growth policies and programs. GGBP will harness the lessons and knowledge from these efforts by conducting an evidence based assessment of proven practices and lessons with green growth planning and implementation around the world. Nine teams of authors comprised of leading authorities and practitioners across regions are conducting the comparative analysis for specific priority topics and questions defined through consultations with practitioners. The assessment will offer national and sub-national governments with timely analysis of effective approaches that can inform and strengthen their green growth programs. GGBP will develop a portfolio of peer learning products and conduct extensive outreach to achieve broad awareness and application of the assessment results.
GGGI: Why is the GGBP important?
Ron Benioff: GGBP will allow governments who are conducting green growth programs can learn from and benefit from each other’s experiences and proven practices. GGBP provides a fact-based comparative assessment of effective practices and lessons across countries and at national and sub-national levels that will be of high value to policy-makers and practitioners to ensure that they can apply and build on proven practices by their colleagues in achieving green development goals. No other comprehensive assessments of lessons and experiences with green growth planning and implementation have been conducted to date and GGBP will provide much needed knowledge and information through a rigorous and dynamic assessment process.
GGGI: What do you see as the biggest challenges for GGBP? Tell us about one memorable/interesting story you had from working on GGBP.
Ron Benioff: One of the biggest challenge we face is collecting information on impacts and results of green growth planning and implementation since many of these programs are still works in progress and have not conducted their own evaluations. To overcome this challenge, GGBP is both conducting a thorough literature review of studies of practices across a range of planning processes that have green growth related goals and is conducting interviews with practitioners and stakeholders for up to 30 case studies to collect undocumented evidence on impacts of green growth practices that are underway and not fully evaluated to date.
The most memorable experience to date was witnessing the incredible depth and range of knowledge and experience that GGBP authors where sharing and contributing when they came together for the first author workshop in February in Thailand. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a talented and experienced portfolio of authors who are devoting considerable effort on top of their normal jobs to conduct a high quality assessment of practices across government.
GGGI: How does the GGBP identify “best practices”?
Ron Benioff: Each team of authors has established evaluation criteria for their specific that they are using to evaluate the impacts of practices. These criteria vary across the topics, but often include such factors as the impact in achieving stated green growth goals, the extent of policy-maker and stakeholder support and buy-in, the mainstreaming of green growth in national or local development programs, the cost-effectiveness of the practice, and the degree of social inclusiveness achieved through the practice.
GGGI: What is the direction of GGBP in the future?
Ron Benioff: GGBP is currently focused on conducting a high quality comparative assessment for the nine priority green growth topics through rigorous analysis of practice and ongoing input and dialogue from the practitioner community through the GGBP expert networks. Starting this summer, GGBP will start to conduct a series of outreach activities, such as policy dialogue workshops and webinars, and will develop and disseminate various products, including a living handbook, policy briefs, and training materials to disseminate results and infuse them into current green growth planning and implementation processes.
There are several ways to get involved in the GGBP. Please visit www.ggbp.org or contact one of the team members (Ron Benioff, Nikola Franke, Sangjung Ha) for more information.
- Join the Expert Networks and Stay informed – GGBP has established networks for each assessment topic to engage experts in identification of case studies and data sources, review of draft results, and dissemination of final results.
- Engage as International Partner – GGBP is establishing strong linkages with other international green growth programs to collaborate in evaluating green growth best practices and disseminating and applying results to inform green growth planning and implementation.
Mr. Ron Benioff serves as Director of the Green Growth Best Practices Initiative working on assignment with the Global Green Growth Institute. Ron also serves as Director of the LEDS Global Partnership and the Clean Energy Solutions Center, along with other multilateral programs for the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Ron has managed international and environmental programs at NREL since 1997. Prior to joining the lab, he worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 11 years on climate change and waste management issues.