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 Energy-Water Solution for Medium to Large Scale Irrigation of Commercial Farming in Uganda
Start Date Q1 2018
Funding Source Partner
Approved Budget USD 290 166
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Sustainable Landscapes
  • Sustainable Energy
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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 • September 4, 2019

The Livestock Sector in Colombia: Toward a Program to Facilitate Large-Scale Adoption of Mitigation and Adaptation Practices

Livestock raising is an important sector of the Colombian economy, which will face serious challenges in the next decade, including adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. Colombia must change the model of livestock production in a very short time by freeing up areas of pasture for other uses and focusing intensified livestock production in […]

News • August 30, 2019

Stakeholder consultation meeting on Agriculture sector GHG emission pathway assessment in Mongolia

ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA Aug 23, 2018 GGGI Mongolia organized a Stakeholder consultation meeting on Agriculture sector GHG emission pathway assessment in Mongolia on Aug 23, 2019. The main objective of the meeting was to conduct sectoral consultation meetings, with support of MET, MOFALI and ECF, to introduce project concepts on policy improvement for climate change mitigation […]

News • August 28, 2019

Uganda becomes the 33rd Member of GGGI

Seoul, August 28, 2019 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) welcomed the Government of Uganda (GoU) as its thirty-third Member, committing to support the country in achieving its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and implementing its National Adaptation Plan. GoU sought for GGGI’s membership in 2015 by signing/submitting a letter of intent to support the […]

News • August 23, 2019

GGGI and RHA give insight on Rwanda’s Green Building Initiatives with experts from 10 countries in Africa

Kigali, Rwanda – On 16th August 2019, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) with Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) jointly shared Rwanda’s Green Building Minimum Compliance System at the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Africa Regional Network Webinar focusing on green growth initiatives in the building and construction sector of Rwanda. The webinar was organized by the ICLEI […]

News • August 21, 2019

The Government of Kiribati and GGGI sign Country Planning Framework

South Tarawa, Kiribati, June 20, 2019  – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture Development (MELAD) endorsed the Kiribati Country Planning Framework 2019-2023. GGGI began the development of its Country Planning Framework (2019-2023) in 2018, following the signing of a Host Country Agreement with the Government of Kiribati. […]

News • July 19, 2019

Nariño’s steps forward towards the Nature Tourism Strategic Plan

Nature tourism holds great potential to promote both rainforest conservation and social inclusion, and as such, it is an important industry in relation to GGGI’s mission. GGGI is working with the Administrative Directorate of Tourism and the Environment and Sustainable Development Secretariat of the Government of Nariño to support the nature tourism industry as part […]

News • July 19, 2019

Consolidation of the Regional Table of Sustainable Livestock in Nariño (2019-2020)

The members of the Regional Table of Sustainable Livestock of Nariño, the National Technical Secretary Germán Serrano and the Regional Technical Secretariat in charge of AGROSAVIA, with the support of GGGI and the Norwegian Embassy, convened on July 9 at the National at Distance and Open University – UNAD in Pasto, Nariño. The meeting served […]

News • July 8, 2019

Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness and preparatory support to implement Green City Development Projects in Rwanda’s Secondary Cities

11th July, at the Kigali Convention Center,  the GCF readiness project closure workshop was held to communicate the knowledge acquired, and share lessons learnt from implementing the GCF readiness project and highlight the way forward ,with a dialogue to receive input from the participants. The workshop organized in collaboration with  Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), […]

News • June 5, 2019

Beating Air pollution before it beats us

Air pollution is a chronic disease and a silent killer.  We need to anticipate it and proactively address it head on before it overtakes us. In April 2019  it was time for me to relocate to Kigali from Seoul, I was happy to move away from Seoul’s deteriorating air quality. While living in Korea, a […]

News • May 31, 2019

Three Ways the Global Green Growth Institute is supporting the Government of Rwanda to Reduce Air Pollution

Ambient air pollution has risen sharply in recent years, especially in urban centers. Increasing rates of congestion combined with rising levels of personal vehicle ownership and limited public transport infrastructure have resulted in cities in sub-Saharan Africa exhibiting some of the highest levels of PM2.5 particulate matter in the world. Recent research has found that […]

News • May 29, 2019

Nariño commits on Nature Tourism for Achieving Green Growth

On May 22, 2019, the Global Green Growth Institute – GGGI, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway and in articulation with the Tourism Director Office and the Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Government of Nariño, gathered approximately  260 key stakeholders from the tourism sector value chain and […]

News • April 17, 2019

Validation meeting of the pre-feasibility study report under the sustainable energy-water solutions for medium to large scale irrigation of commercial farming in Uganda

On April 17, 2019, the GGGI Uganda office organized a validation meeting to present the pre-feasibility study report of the ongoing study under the sustainable energy-water solutions for medium to large scale irrigation of commercial farming in Uganda. The workshop was presided over by the Hon. Minister of State for Environment, Hon. Mary Goretti Kitutu, […]

News • April 12, 2019

Rwanda GCF NDA and GGGI monitor the Secondary Cities Master Plan Revision process

On 5th April GGGI Rwanda together with the National Designated Authority (NDA) and the National Coordination Team (NCT) undertook a mission to Nyagatare, one of the secondary cities where the GCF is supporting the incorporation of low emission and resilience strategies in the Master Plan revision though the Readiness and Preparatory support project. The City […]

News • April 10, 2019

From Planning to Action: Strengthened partnership between Oriental Mindoro and GGGI to demonstrate climate resilient green growth on the ground

On April 10, 2019, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), conducted a “preliminary” technical mission to the Province of Oriental Mindoro to prepare a technical funding proposal tentatively called “Climate Resilient and Inclusive Green Growth: Accelerating Implementation in the Agriculture Value Chain of MIMAROPA Region”, to […]

News • April 9, 2019

GGGI Supports the Development of Rwanda’s Green Procurement Guidelines

According to the United Nations -Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) address the root causes of poverty and pledge to leave no one behind, including vulnerable groups. They also emphasize the need to tackle climate change urgently and protect the environment through a shift to sustainable consumption and production. The SDGs are intended to be universal, applying […]

News • April 8, 2019

Citizens participate in the Design Process for Green & Public Space in Nyagatare

Cities are considered to a critical role to play in transitioning from resource inefficient patterns of growth and increasing access to services, and in so doing, supporting the transition to green growth. In 2018 , the  Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), the Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA), and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) undertook citywide public […]

News • April 5, 2019

Rwanda Urban sector to establish a  Center of Excellence for Green Urbanization

On 28th March 2019 a consultation for stakeholders in the Urbanization and Built Environment sector was held  to discuss the establishment of the Center of Excellence for Green Urbanization, at Lemigo Hotel  in Kigali. The Ministry of Environment with the Ministry of Infrastructure hosted the consultation alongside the Global Green Growth Institute as a facilitator, […]

News • March 6, 2019

GGGI partnering with TFA2020 to promote a dialogue on sustainable and deforestation-free private-investment

Villavicencio, March 6 – More than 200 attendants, including government officials, producers, buyers, investors and other key stakeholders gathered in Villavicencio (Meta) to take part in the “Dialogue on sustainable productive economic development without deforestation in the Orinoquia and Caqueta regions.” This event was co-organized by GGGI and the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA2020), with the […]

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 […]

Reports

Identifying Income Generating Opportunities in Root Crops in Kiribati Kiribati  • Sustainable Landscapes
Report
Identifying Income Generating Opportunities in Root Crops in Kiribati

Kiribati  • Sustainable Landscapes

Kiribati Country Planning Framework 2019 – 2023 Kiribati  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Cross Cutting
Report
Kiribati Country Planning Framework 2019 – 2023

Kiribati  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Cross Cutting

Green Certification of the Bugesera Airport – Fact Sheet Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
Green Certification of the Bugesera Airport – Fact Sheet

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

GGGI Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System Fact Sheet Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
GGGI Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System Fact Sheet

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

GGGI Rwanda Green Cities Project Fact Sheet Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
GGGI Rwanda Green Cities Project Fact Sheet

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

Rwanda Public Bicycle Sharing – Project Fact Sheet Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
Rwanda Public Bicycle Sharing – Project Fact Sheet

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

3rd National Urban Forum Rwanda- Background Paper Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
3rd National Urban Forum Rwanda- Background Paper

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

Peru Country Planning Framework 2017-2021 Water and Sanitation  • Peru  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting
Report
Peru Country Planning Framework 2017-2021

Water and Sanitation  • Peru  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

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

Sustainable Landscapes  • Indonesia

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

Colombia  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Cross Cutting

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

Ethiopia  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Cross Cutting

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

India  • Sustainable Landscapes

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

Ethiopia  • Sustainable Landscapes

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

Sustainable Landscapes  • Indonesia  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

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Principal-Policy Solutions (Land Use)

Annawati van Paddenburg

Deputy Director, Head of Sustainable Landscapes

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