Thematic Strategies

Our interventions emphasize change in four priority areas in which we consider to be essential to transforming countries’ economies. While not limited to these themes, GGGI is maximizing the impact of its products and services in the following areas: Sustainable Energy; Water and Sanitation; Sustainable Landscapes; Green Cities.

In response to Member’s demands, 2015 will see GGGI increase its presence in 10 least developed and lower income Member countries across Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. Earmarked funding will also support additional operations in 7 other countries in the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Sustainable Landscapes

Sustainable Landscapes centers on sustaining healthy and functioning forests, agrarian landscapes, waterways, coastal and marine ecosystems. Forests, soils, wetlands (including peatlands and mangroves) as well as marine systems are natural assets or natural capital which are interconnected and provide services which are of significant value to sustaining local and global economies.

Unfortunately, natural capital has been under-priced and under-protected, which has lead to environmental loss with consequential economic and societal impacts, especially the billions of rural households dependent on natural resources. Degradation of ecosystems cost governments and land users USD 10.6 trillion a year, which is 17% of the world’s GDP.

Key economic sectors in agriculture (including aquaculture), forestry and other land uses have been key drivers. 20-24% of global greenhouse gas emissions comes from the AFOLU sectors and although mangrove forests represent less than 1% of tropical forest area globally, they account for up to 10% of all emissions from deforestation. Recent studies have also highlighted that tropical peat fires – usually because of agriculture or poor land management – account for at least 25% of the total greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation.

Sustainable management and restoring the functions of these forests, waterways, agrarian, coastal and marine systems is critical for inclusive and sustainable economic growth – green growth.
Even though the private sector is financing increasing numbers of projects in these natural resource based sectors, investment towards landscape restoration falls short by approximately USD 300 billion a year.

Private investment in sustainable natural resource use and restoration of landscapes are scarce. Risks remain too high for mainstream investors and regulatory policy uncertain for sustainable and climate resilient investments.

Annawati van Paddenburg

Deputy Director, Head of Sustainable Landscapes

Theory of Change: Sustainable Landscapes

Through its Sustainable Landscapes Strategy, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) supports partner countries pursue economic growth while protecting, restoring, and using productive landscapes in ways that are inclusive and sustainable.

GGGI identifies financial and policy solutions and shape investment deals which are holistic, cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary

Taking a landscape approach, GGGI targets key barriers and bring a diverse range of stakeholders on board. The landscape approach moves away from project and sector specific interventions to a more holistic and integrated way of pursuing economic growth.

GGGI aims to shape well-designed business models and projects that delivers three returns on investment: financial, natural capital and social returns.

In collaboration with partner governments, private sector, and a range of other partners, GGGI develops risk reduction and return enhancing instruments to attract more private capital to sustainably produced natural resource based sectors. Our partner governments play a key role in creating an enabling framework through the provision of suitable regulatory support.

Pipeline projects contribute to SDG, NDC and commitments to restore degraded landscapes. With regards to SDGs, while all goals are relevant, the most relevant goals include (1) No Poverty, (2) Zero Hunger, (5) Gender Equality, (13) Climate Action, (14) Life below Water and (15) Life on Land.

Projects

Project
Sustainable Urban Wetlands Development within Kigali City
Start Date Q1 2018
Funding Source Partner
Approved Budget euro 1 000 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Sustainable Landscapes
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Project
REDD+ Financial Mechanism Colombia
Start Date Q4 2015
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget 0
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Landscapes
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Project
Costa Rica Environmental Bank Foundation (FUNBAM)
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget 0
Status Complete
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Landscapes
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Project
Policy and investment development to advance Colombia´s Long-Term Green Growth Objectives
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 1 456 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Landscapes
  • Cross Cutting
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Project
Green Growth Program (Phase II)
Start Date Q1 2016
Funding Source Partner
Approved Budget NOK 178 000 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Sustainable Landscapes
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Cross Cutting
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Project
Unleashing the Potential of Uganda’s Economy through Green Growth
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 2 615 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Landscapes
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Cross Cutting
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Project
Ethiopia Country Program Proposal 2017-2018
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 6 199 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Landscapes
  • Cross Cutting
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Project
Knowledge and Capacity Development
Start Date Q1 2016
Funding Source Partner
Approved Budget USD 704 109
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Sustainable Landscapes
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Cross Cutting
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News

News • February 15, 2019

Vision: Blockchain Technology for Indonesia’s Palm Oil Sector

One of the biggest challenges for palm oil as a commodity is that of establishing traceability and sustainability. Indonesia supplies close to 45% of the world demand for palm oil. Over the last two decades, in Indonesia, the palm oil sector has grown tremendously (doubling in terms of area under palm oil plantation), but this […]

News • February 14, 2019

GGGI hosts UN-Habitat’s Executive Director at the ‘Inclusive Cities Talk’ in Kigali, Rwanda

The 3rd National Urban Forum  held in Kigali, Rwanda from February 6-7 was organized by the Ministry of Infrastructure with partner organizations UN-Habitat, World Bank, GGGI, Enabel – Belgium Development Agency, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and International Growth Center (IGC). The gathering set up to evaluate what has previously been done in […]

News • February 8, 2019

Advocating for Green Cities and Green Buildings during the “Urban Walk” in Kigali

As a parallel event to the Third National Urban Forum, GGGI in partnership with the City of Kigali and the University of Rwanda, led an “Urban Walk” in Kigali on 8th February 2019. In 2018, GGGI launched “Urban Walk” initiative in Rwanda to bring awareness on the importance of green cities and green buildings to […]

News • February 7, 2019

Rwanda Climate Change, Urban Resilience and Green Cities at the Forefront during the 3rd National Urban Forum 2019

At the third National Urban Forum we had an expected 300 urban experts in Kigali from 6-7 February examining previous work of the Government and partners in urban sector and setting new suggestions on how Rwanda ought to accomplish its objective of 35 percent urbanization rate by 2024. The Honourable Minister of Infrastructure, Claver Gatete […]

News • January 31, 2019

GGGI Rwanda mainstreaming green city development for the GCF NDA capacity development

Musanze 22-24 January 2019 Rwanda’s urbanization is taking advantage of existing pillars of growth to support; structure and balance its system of cities and towns, including corridors (Musanze-Rubavu, Kigali, Muhanga, Huye) and gateways (Rusizi, Nyagatare, Rubavu). This led to the selection of Secondary cities based on strategic location, growth trends, unique assets, and potential to […]

News • January 4, 2019

Promoting green growth by building youth capacity for UNFCCC negotiations

In Katowice – December 2018 Policy makers, influencers, innovators, business drivers, International organizations and observers from a wide range of sectors and across the globe gathered for the  24th Conference of Parties in Katowice. Among the participants was the delegation from Rwanda that include 3 young innovators from ‘Green Fighters’. Youth around different corners of […]

News • December 12, 2018

SEA Clinic Workshop for Regional Governments in Eastern Indonesia

GGGI facilitated a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Clinic Workshop in Supervising SEA Process for Development Plans and Spatial Plans, to support the Directorate of Pollution Impact Prevention for Regional and Sectoral Policies of Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the South Sulawesi Provincial Environment Office on 5-7 December 2018 at the Travellers Hotel Phinisi […]

News • November 29, 2018

Senegal GGGWeek 2018 – High-level Panel on green buildings and innovations for green cities development. Friday November 29th, 2018

On November 29, as part of the Global Green Growth Week, the GGGI Senegal team organized a High-Level Panel on Green Buildings for Green Cities. That was chaired by the Director of Cabinet of the Ministry of Urban Renewal, Housing and Living Environment. In his speech, he stressed that’s imperative to rethink how to plan, […]

News • November 27, 2018

Senegal GGGWeek 2018: High Level Political Dialogue on Challenges and Opportunities

November 27, 2018 – Political validation of the national Green Growth Strategy and Road Map. The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Government of Senegal are organizing the National Green Growth Week in Senegal (Global Green Growth Week – GGGWeek) from 26 to 29 November 2018 under the theme: ” Unleashing the potential of […]

News • November 20, 2018

East Kalimantan Upscales FMU Capacity

East Kalimantan is upscaling the capacity of Forest Management Units (FMU). The East Kalimantan Forestry Office as the leading institution through the newly inaugurated FMU Centre in collaboration with development partner organizations in the province design and facilitate series of capacity building activities for 21 FMUs in East Kalimantan Province which are planned to be […]

News • November 7, 2018

Third Workshop in Nariño: Strengthening local capacities by learning means of implementation for GG

Pasto, November 7: The Subnational Program of GGGI Colombia with the support of the Norwegian Embassy and the Government of Nariño, carried out the third of four capacity building workshops on Green Growth addressed to the public and private stakeholders in the region. This workshop gathered more than 75 participants and aimed to share knowledge on […]

News • November 6, 2018

Consultation workshop on assessing green jobs with a green employment projection model (Green- EPM)

November 6, Hanoi – On November 6, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) together with the Viet Nam Institute of Labor Science and Social Affairs (ILSSA) co-organized a consultation workshop on “Accessing green jobs with a green employment projection model” in Hanoi. The workshop was part of GGGI’s Green Growth and Employment Program that is […]

News • October 30, 2018

Making progress in Medellin with Workshop #2: Successful cases of Green Growth in Antioquia

Medellín, October 30 – The Subnational Program of the GGGI Colombia team, with the support of the Norwegian Embassy and the Government of Antioquia, carried out the second of four capacity building workshops in green growth for public and private stakeholders in this department. This second meeting focused on sharing the national and regional successful cases, […]

News • October 23, 2018

Second workshop on Green Growth in Meta: A new way for a Forest Culture

Villavicencio, October 23 – The GGGI Colombia team under the framework of the sub-national strategy in green growth, and with the support of the Norwegian Embassy and Department of Meta’s Governor Office, carried out the second of four capacity building workshops on green growth for public and private stakeholders. Around 90 participants attended the workshop, […]

News • September 26, 2018

Green Buildings to complement Sustainable Urbanization of Rwanda

According to UN Environment, buildings accounted for 30% of global final energy consumption and 28% of global CO2 emissions in 2015. According to UN-Habitat in Africa, energy used in buildings is an estimated 56% of the total national electricity consumption. Over 70% of this energy is consumed in cities. In some cases, more than 50% […]

News • September 20, 2018

GGGI to Partner with Makerere University Kampala to Promote the Green Growth Agenda in Public Universities of Uganda

September 20, Kampala – GGGI met with representatives from Makerere University in Kampala to discuss possible areas of partnership to mainstream Green Growth Planning and Research in the Academia. The meeting was attended by Peter Okubal, GGGI’s Country Representative for Uganda, Alex Chabanyuk, representing GGGI’s Human Resources Unit, and Dr. Moki Abubakar Muhammad, representative from […]

News • August 31, 2018

“Inclusive Cities Talk” launched in Kigali

August 23, 2018, Kigali, Rwanda – A series of “Inclusive Cities Talk” meetings were launched by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). It was attended by representatives from partner organizations working on inclusivity in Rwanda, such as the Ministry of Infrastructure, UN-Habitat, USAID, the Rwanda Women’s Network, and the Rwanda Ladies in Architecture. Our guest […]

News • August 31, 2018

Citywide surveys on green and public spaces conducted in Huye ,Nyagatare and Rubavu

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), in partnership with the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA)and Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) , conducted citywide surveys in Huye ,Nyagatare and Rubavu over the last two months. Nyagatare and Ruvabu Districts are among the fastest urbanized secondary cities that were identified  for this exercise to assess the needs of its […]

News • August 8, 2018

Capacity Building training on Climate Finance for Sector Experts in Rwanda

Kigali, August 7-8 – The GGGI Rwanda team and Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) with support of the UNFCCC Secretariat, UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Center based in Kampala, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Rwanda Environment and Climate Change Fund (FONERWA) collaborated in co-organizing a two-day capacity building training on “climate finance” for Sector […]

News • July 28, 2018

Mission to Flood and Landslide Affected Areas of Rubavu and Musanze

Due to its hilly topography, several areas of Rwanda are located in high risk zones. Natural disasters – and landslides in particular – have the potential to derail economic development affecting communities in terms of damaged infrastructure, displacement and loss of life. Areas of Rwanda have been repeatedly affected by flooding, however, climate change and […]

Reports

GGGI’s G20 Background Paper: Green Growth to Achieve the Paris Agreement Water and Sanitation  • Cambodia  • China  • Colombia  • Fiji
Report
GGGI’s G20 Background Paper: Green Growth to Achieve the Paris Agreement

Water and Sanitation  • Cambodia  • China  • Colombia  • Fiji  • India  • Jordan  • Mongolia  • Mozambique  • Nepal  • Philippines  • Rwanda  • Senegal  • Viet Nam  • Green Cities  • Ethiopia  • Morocco  • Myanmar  • Peru  • Burkina Faso  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Thailand  • Cross Cutting  • Vanuatu

Brief: How Can Green Growth Help Indonesia Manage Sustainable Landscapes? Sustainable Landscapes  • Indonesia
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Brief: How Can Green Growth Help Indonesia Manage Sustainable Landscapes?

Sustainable Landscapes  • Indonesia

Indonesia Country Planning Framework 2016-2020 Sustainable Landscapes  • Indonesia  • Cross Cutting
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Indonesia Country Planning Framework 2016-2020

Sustainable Landscapes  • Indonesia  • Cross Cutting

Bridging the Policy and Investment Gap for Payment for Ecosystem Services: Learning from the Costa Rican Experience and Roads Ahead Costa Rica  • Sustainable Landscapes
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Bridging the Policy and Investment Gap for Payment for Ecosystem Services: Learning from the Costa Rican Experience and Roads Ahead

Costa Rica  • Sustainable Landscapes

Colombia: Country Planning Framework 2016-2020 Colombia  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Cross Cutting
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Colombia: Country Planning Framework 2016-2020

Colombia  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Cross Cutting

Ethiopia Country Planning Framework 2016-2020 Ethiopia  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Cross Cutting
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Ethiopia Country Planning Framework 2016-2020

Ethiopia  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Cross Cutting

Implementation Roadmap for Karnataka Micro Irrigation Policy India  • Sustainable Landscapes
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Implementation Roadmap for Karnataka Micro Irrigation Policy

India  • Sustainable Landscapes

Sectoral Climate Resilience Strategies for Ethiopia Ethiopia  • Sustainable Landscapes
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Sectoral Climate Resilience Strategies for Ethiopia

Ethiopia  • Sustainable Landscapes

Central Kalimantan: Green Growth Strategy Documents Sustainable Landscapes  • Indonesia  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting
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Central Kalimantan: Green Growth Strategy Documents

Sustainable Landscapes  • Indonesia  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

GGGI Sustainable Landscapes Staff

Mark Gibson

Principal-Policy Solutions (Land Use)

Annawati van Paddenburg

Deputy Director, Head of Sustainable Landscapes

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