China (Jiangsu Province)

Country Overview

Located on the eastern coast of China, Jiangsu Province is home to around 80 million people and is one of the most technologically advanced provinces in the country. It also has a rich natural resource base. With a total GDP of 6,508.8 billion yuan in 2014, it ranks as the second richest and the most developed province of China. To maintain its competitiveness and achieve inclusive development for its citizens, the province has committed to green its economy. The Chinese Government is committed to working with PAGE to tackle the various development challenges it faces, starting at the provincial level in Jiangsu.

 

Progress in 2016

Green development has been placed at the heart of national development strategies and priorities in China. Jiangsu province and PAGE are committed to building a resource efficient, inclusive and thriving economy through the implementation of:

PAGE is helping transform Jiangsu’s economy into a driver of sustainability through:

  1. Identifyng and sharing success stories at the provincial and sub-provincial levels, and within the private sector, to inspire other provinces and countries to embrace green economy
  2. Identifying and analyzing major barriers to an inclusive green economy transition

2016: Identifying challenges and opportunities

In 2016, Jiangsu Province enacted its 13th Provincial Five Year Plan. To enable effective delivery of this plan, PAGE launched a stocktaking report, highlighting key issues and challenges, best practices and priorities for greening the economy in Jiangsu.

In wide consultation with stakeholders, 5 key areas were identified as priorities for PAGE support towards the realization of this plan and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

3. Green jobs training

SDG 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions

1. Green economy indicators

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SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

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SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy

2. Affordable and clean energy

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SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

5. Trade in environmental goods and services

The efforts in Jiangsu have inspired three additional provinces in China to undertake inclusive green economy projects at their own cost.

Green Economy Indicators Workshop

The lack of a commonly agreed green economy indicators framework at the provincial level has been identified as one of the key challenges where PAGE is providing technical support. A green economy indicators workshop was organized on 18 June 2016 by the Nanjing University to start discussions on the application of a measurement framework for green economy progress.

Based on the IGE Progress Measurement Framework developed by PAGE, the discussions focused on the application of the framework in Jiangsu drawing on inputs from experts from national and provincial research institutes. Around 20 participants, from research institutes, governmental agencies and civil societies attended the discussion.

How does PAGE's work in China meet its objectives?

Outcome 1: National policymaking

PAGE support to the Jiangsu province of China is linked to the implementation of the 13th provincial five year plan (2016-2020) by i) identifying and exemplifying good practices and ii) identification and analysis of challenges towards IGE policy implementation.

Relevant to the above, a national network of partners was established in 2016 to provide inputs and support for project and programme planning and implementation. Through PAGE support and initiatives, three cities outside of Jiangsu Province were inspired and have expressed interest in working on green economy by investing their own financial resources with the technical support from the UN Environment.

A stocktaking report for China’s Jiangsu province was also completed and launched. The report maps the development status of the province and also discusses key challenges, priorities and provides recommendations for further action.

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

A Green Economy Indicators workshop was organized by PAGE partner institution, the Nanjing University, to start discussions on the application of measurement framework for green economy progress in Jiangsu province of China.

A network of national level partners was also established in China, including the Academy of Macroeconomic Researchthe National Development and Reform Commission, the China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Centre, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning, Tongji University and Beijing Normal University.

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacities

The Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection strengthened their green economy research capacity by conducting the stocktaking study for Jiangsu. The PRCEE is also engaged in conducting other green economy related research and has produced a report analyzing China’s Ecological Civilization under a UN Environment-supported project.

Outcome 4: Knowledge sharing

PAGE is supporting countries to improve their Inclusive Green Economy knowledge base by generating and sharing knowledge products such as manuals, reports, lessons learned and best practices with the aim to inform and support national policy analysis and formulation.

For knowledge sharing, PAGE organizes high level events, conferences, workshops involving current and future PAGE countries to build networks and global platforms to exchange experiences and information.