Global Challenges and SDGs
Financing a global green economy
IEEP’s work on green financing includes examining practical experiences with green fiscal reforms (GFRs) in Europe and internationally, analysing lessons learnt for other countries considering reform, as well as offering insights and guidance on the effective design and implementation of such instruments.
There is growing global recognition that the current model of economic growth is socially, environmentally and economically unsustainable. This has sparked a focus on the green economy, which can be shaped into a critical tool for achieving sustainable development and eradicating poverty around the world. A major and sustained increase in investment from both public and private sources is needed to meet global biodiversity, climate and other environmental objectives that underpin sustainable socio-economic systems.
IEEP is an expert in examining EU and national financial contributions to international environmental goals (e.g. in the context of the EU budget), assessing contributions to international climate and biodiversity finance and exploring potential additional sources to meet the commitments. We explore how public financing can be used to leverage private investments for climate and biodiversity, to help to bridge the funding gap.
This policy brief intends to inform business and biodiversity professionals about innovative examples in the EU and Mexico that can help to transform the economics of nature conservation, resulting in increased finance for biodiversity.
This report presents the state of play of legal and operational issues to be tackled with a view to better support a transition towards a green and circular economy in the EU Outermost Regions (ORs), including Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island, Saint-Martin, the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands.
An International Symposium on Northern development took place in Québec City from the 25 - 27 February 2015. IEEP’s Marianne Kettunen was one of the Nordic experts invited to present at the event and take part in the high-level discussions.
IEEP’s Patrick ten Brink presented on Nature and its Role in the Transition to a Green Economy at the TEEB Multi-stakeholder International Workshop held on 21-22 January in Beijing, China. The talk contributed to current discussions in China on how decision-makers can better consider the multiple values of nature and ecosystems, with a focus on protected areas.
Overcoming obstacles to green fiscal reform is the subject of a new paper and blog by IEEP. The paper will be presented at the annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform in Venice next week.
Today, there is close to 25 years of experience with environmental tax reforms (ETR), with a growing number of countries engaging in ETR for various reasons. International experiences provide important insights on the design and implementation of ETR to facilitate more effective use of such instruments in the wider policy mix.
A new book by IEEP researchers offers a comprehensive introduction to the socio-economic benefits of protected areas and provides step-by-step guidance on identifying, assessing and valuing the various benefits they provide.
There is an urgent need to find sufficient resources to enable developing countries to implement the global targets for biodiversity by 2020. Financing the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity from different sectoral funding flows can complement global biodiversity financing.