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.

Christopher Dickinson

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 • March 13, 2020

Kiribati Approves Long-Term, National Agriculture Strategy

TARAWA, KIRIBATI – March 13, 2020- The Cabinet of the Kiribati Government today endorsed the Kiribati Agriculture Strategy (KAS 2020-2030) as a long-term national plan for the agriculture sector. The KAS aims to help achieve the goals of the Kiribati 20-Year Vision by developing a climate-resilient agriculture sector that enhances production, productivity, livelihoods, jobs, food […]

News • March 3, 2020

GGGI Supports Peru’s New Agroforestry Concessions System for Family Farmers to Reduce Deforestation in the Amazon

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) has partnered with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA) to support Peru’s efforts to reduce deforestation through an innovative approach that promotes sustainable agroforestry practices and secures land tenure of small farmers in the Amazon. Representatives from the Government of Norway, GGGI, […]

News • March 2, 2020

GGGI Supported a Study Tour to the UK on Solid Waste Management

LONDON, The United Kingdom, February 17, 2020 – The GGGI Cambodia team and the Waste & Resources Action Program (WRAP), supported the British Embassy in Phnom Penh, organized a study trip to the United Kingdom (UK) to learn about the UK’s waste management systems and technologies. Entrants in the study trip included eight Cambodian provincial […]

News • March 1, 2020

Workshop review and alignment of the National Environment Management Policy 2019 (NEMP) to the National Environment Act

The Ministry of Water and Environment of the Republic of Uganda in partnership with the GGGI Uganda office convened a workshop to review and align the National Environment Management Policy 2019 (NEMP) to the National Environment Act 2019 on February 26-27, 2020 at the Silver Springs Hotel Bugolobi, Kampala. The workshop was presided over by […]

News • February 26, 2020

Validation Workshop on “3Returns Model and Framework – an Investment Case for Coastal Landscape Mangrove Restoration in Myanmar” conducted on February 20-21 in Nay Pyi Taw

GGGI organized a two-day validation workshop on “3Returns Model and Framework – an Investment Case for Coastal Landscape Mangrove Restoration in Myanmar” on February 20-21, 2020 at Park Royal Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw. The objective of the workshop was to present and validate the concept of the 3Returns Model and Framework which is a […]

News • February 24, 2020

Green Growth Program’s Scoping Visits to Four New Provinces

The Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) is committed to switch to a low carbon development approach by integrating Low Carbon Development Initiative (LCDI) into the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN). This is stated in the national development agenda, titled “Building the Environment, Improving Disaster Resilience, and Climate Change” through Presidential Regulation No. 18 […]

News • February 20, 2020

Can Uganda end plastic pollution?

The common talk is what can we do to end poor solid waste management in Uganda. The only question would be, what are you doing about it? On February 13, 2020, GGGI Uganda joined other environmentalists to officially walk the talk to beat plastic pollution. The speaker of parliament of Uganda Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga […]

News • February 20, 2020

Debriefing Session on the Solar-powered Irrigation System – Project’s Pre-feasibility Study

February 13th, 2020. Ramada Pearl Hotel, Ouagadougou. The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Burkina Faso team organized a debriefing session on the solar pump project’s pre-feasibility study. The project is focused on replacing diesel- / gas oil-powered pumps used by farmers, by promoting the use of cleaner and profitable solar-powered irrigation systems. The purpose of […]

News • January 31, 2020

Socialization session “Nature-Based Tourism Strategic Plan for Nariño”

Nariño, December 19 – The session aimed to socialize the results of the “Nature-Based Tourism Strategic Plan for Nariño” developed by SMA Tourism. The strategy seeks to strengthen nature-based tourism as a green growth sector in the region making sustainable use of its biodiversity and beautiful landscapes, promoting social inclusion and economic development. The event […]

News • January 31, 2020

Strengthening of the Colombian Roundtable for Sustainable Livestock, reflected in 2019

The GGGI Colombia team has been contributing to the Colombian Roundtable for Sustainable Livestock, providing support to the Technical Secretariat of the Roundtable. The Roundtable closed the year of 2019 on December 10, with an event attended by 25 entities, evaluating the progress and highlighting the achievements of 2019. This included the strategic articulation between […]

News • January 31, 2020

International Knowledge Exchange between Colombia and Mexico “Introduction to the National Agrologistics Plan”

In December 2019, the GGGI Colombia team and Colombian government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR), the National Planning Department, Procolombia, the Rural Agricultural Planning Unit, participated in an international exchange between Colombia and Mexico “Introduction to the National Agrologistics Plan” in Mexico City. This exchange came under the cooperation framework […]

News • January 17, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: GGGI & RSPO Sign Memorandum of Understanding

A five year Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Jakarta to enhance collaboration and funding for key activities and organisations in the sustainable palm oil sector. JAKARTA, 15 JANUARY 2020: Today, GGGI and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Secretariat signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), providing a framework for cooperation and collaboration in support of the 2030 Agenda […]

News • December 23, 2019

Infrastructure Gender Mainstreaming Strategy Review Workshop

In Musanze District, Rwanda from 9-12 December a group of sector experts gathered for the Infrastructure Gender Mainstreaming Strategy Review Workshop. The workshop was organized by GGGI Rwanda in collaboration with Ministry of Infrastructure.  In attendance there were participants from Musanze District Executive, Vice Mayor of Musanze, Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) […]

News • December 17, 2019

Capacity Building conducted for Ultimate Developers Limited on Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System and Templates

11 December 2019, Nyagatare, Rwanda:  GGGI with their government partner Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) conducted a one day capacity building training program for the staff from Ultimate Developers Limited (UDL) on the approved Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance System and the recently developed excel-based green building minimum compliance templates. The capacity building is in line […]

News • December 5, 2019

New Times Opinion Piece : Public spaces and public art, New York City and Kigali

KIGALI –  Architects, urban designers, artists and allies in Kigali recently hosted Justin Garrett Moore, Executive Director of New York Public Design Commission [IG1], and discussed public spaces and public art with him. Moore shared that art and culture are key drivers of New York City’s economy as good design of public spaces and quality of […]

News • December 4, 2019

Mainstreaming Low-Carbon Development in Indonesia’s National Medium-Term Development Planning 2020 – 2024 Background Study for the Forestry Sector

The Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) have recently finalized the national medium-term development planning (RPJMN) 2020 – 2024 background study for the forestry sector. The background study was commissioned by Bappenas with the support of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) as part of its efforts to mainstream green growth and low carbon development […]

News • November 28, 2019

The National Medium-Term Development Planning (RPJMN) 2020 – 2024 Background Study for the Forestry Sector

The Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) have recently finalized the national medium-term development planning (RPJMN) 2020 – 2024 background study for the forestry sector. The background study was commissioned by Bappenas with the support of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) as part of its efforts to mainstream green growth and low carbon development […]

News • November 26, 2019

International Experiences in the Development and Implementation of National Forest Services

Colombia, November 7, 2019 –  The Colombia Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS for its acronym in Spanish), with support of GGGI,  the embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Colombia, and the Amazon Vision Program, held an event for exchanging “International Experiences in the Development and Implementation of National Forest Services” on November […]

News • October 31, 2019

Urban Cinema in Muhanga: Advocating for sustainable secondary cities in Rwanda

To celebrate Urban October, a month dedicated to activities and events organized worldwide that advocate on urban sustainability, the Global Green Growth Institute with the Ministry of Infrastructure, District of Muhanga, Rwanda’s Film Institute, and University of Rwanda organized “Urban Cinema” on October 30, in Rwanda’s rapidly urbanized secondary city: Muhanga. While Muhanga is strategically […]

News • October 23, 2019

NDC Road Map: Overcoming Climate Change Impacts with National Resilience

The Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya underlined that climate change mitigation efforts in Indonesia are carried out with a national resilience approach. This was stated at the Climate Festival at Manggala Wanabhakti on Wednesday, October 2. She also gave a reflection on climate actions for the past 5 years and related environmental issues […]

Reports

Kiribati Agriculture Strategy 2020 – 2030 Kiribati  • Sustainable Landscapes
Report
Kiribati Agriculture Strategy 2020 – 2030

Kiribati  • Sustainable Landscapes

3rd NUF outcome report “Implementing New Urban Agenda” Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
3rd NUF outcome report “Implementing New Urban Agenda”

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

Lineamientos para el diseño de programas y proyectos de reconversión ganadera sostenible Colombia  • Sustainable Landscapes
Report
Lineamientos para el diseño de programas y proyectos de reconversión ganadera sostenible

Colombia  • Sustainable Landscapes

Review of GGGI’s Experience to Design and Operationalize National Financing Vehicles to Finance Climate and Green Growth Policy Implementation Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
Review of GGGI’s Experience to Design and Operationalize National Financing Vehicles to Finance Climate and Green Growth Policy Implementation

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

Achieving Global Green Transformation (Consultation Draft) Water and Sanitation  • Cambodia  • Colombia  • Costa Rica  • Fiji
Report
Achieving Global Green Transformation (Consultation Draft)

Water and Sanitation  • Cambodia  • Colombia  • Costa Rica  • Fiji  • Lao PDR  • Mongolia  • Viet Nam  • Papua New Guinea  • Republic of Korea  • Green Cities  • Ethiopia  • Burkina Faso  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Indonesia  • Mexico  • Sustainable Energy  • Cross Cutting

GGGI-IMELS Contribution Agreement Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
GGGI-IMELS Contribution Agreement

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

GGGI Sustainable Landscapes 2019 Sustainable Landscapes
Report
GGGI Sustainable Landscapes 2019

Sustainable Landscapes

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

Developing Rwandan Secondary Cities as Model Green Cities with Green Economic Opportunities : Green City Framework and Guidelines Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
Developing Rwandan Secondary Cities as Model Green Cities with Green Economic Opportunities : Green City Framework and Guidelines

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

Developing Rwandan Secondary Cities as Model Green Cities with Green Economic Opportunities: Preliminary Analysis and Diagnosis Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • Sustainable Landscapes  • Sustainable Energy
Report
Developing Rwandan Secondary Cities as Model Green Cities with Green Economic Opportunities: Preliminary Analysis and Diagnosis

Water and Sanitation  • Rwanda  • Green Cities  • 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

GGGI Sustainable Landscapes Staff

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Principal-Policy Solutions (Land Use)

Christopher Dickinson

Deputy Director, Head of Sustainable Landscapes

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