The Korean Initiative for Sustainable Development- “Water and Green Growth” (KOC official session)

OBJECTIVES
- To encourage sharing ideas for sustainable development embracing ‘Green Growth’
- To introduce “Water and Green Growth” activities and devise its long-term prospect
- To discuss the significance of International cooperation in the path to success of “Water and Green Growth” movement
- To understand “Water and Green Growth” activities in the World Water Forum

DESCRIPTION
Many International organizations have shown their keen interests in green growth that has been announced by Korean government as its national agenda in 2008 for pursuing environmental protection and economic growth simultaneously.

“Water and Green Growth”(WGG) is defined as a strategy to invest in water infrastructure and water security, fostering economic growth and development, protecting the environment and the services it provides, and enhancing socially-inclusive development seeking decoupling economic growth and environmental damage. (Executive Summary Edition I, Water and Green Growth, March 2012)

The concept of WGG has been introduced as a strategy for sustainable economic development in tandem with environmental conservation, to meet the challenges arising from climate change and the impact of unrestrained economic growth on water resources.

The addition of the concept of water resources development to Green Growth enables to address social development goals more fully. Furthermore, Official Development Assistance (ODA) related to water resources ensuring green lifestyle in developing countries also will contribute to create a cornerstone for making Green Growth policies and strengthening the capacity to adapt to climate change.

At this workshop, the concept and on-going activities of WGG will be discussed as an emerging paradigm created for a common response to diverse global water challenges such as scarcity, sanitation, biodiversity, disaster, ecosystem restoration, and climate change, etc. and for providing a green path for economic growth and environment protection at the same time. Experiences of various international water related organizations will also be shared through presentations, which will guide a panel to devise a blueprint of “WGG” and re-emphasize the importance of further international cooperation for successful outcomes of this emerging agenda at the panel discussion.

THINGS TO CONSIDER:
- What will be the outcomes of WGG?
- What can we learn from existing practices and regional experiences to create better outcomes?
- What is a blue print for WGG?
- How international cooperation will be a better catalyst to develop WGG?

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