Green Economy and Good Governance for Sustainable Development: Opportunities, Promises and Concerns

Overview

Much of the debate on green growth and environmental governance tends to be general in nature and is often conceptual or limited to single disciplines. Even though recent discussions on these topics have benefited from the accumulation of empirical and theoretical knowledge over the last few decades, these discussions have not produced the kind of conceptual novelty and tools necessary to place the notion of a green economy within mainstream political, social, and economic agendas. Furthermore, discussions on ...

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Overview

Much of the debate on green growth and environmental governance tends to be general in nature and is often conceptual or limited to single disciplines. Even though recent discussions on these topics have benefited from the accumulation of empirical and theoretical knowledge over the last few decades, these discussions have not produced the kind of conceptual novelty and tools necessary to place the notion of a green economy within mainstream political, social, and economic agendas. Furthermore, discussions on governance remain mostly in the international sphere with only tenuous talk on governance at the national and subnational levels —the levels at which implementation is key.

Green Economy and Good Governance for Sustainable Development takes stock of the achievements and obstacles toward sustainability over the last twenty years, and it proposes new ideas and changes to create a more sustainable future. The contributors present the gap that can emerge between intentions and results when green initiatives are put into practice and highlight the lack of discussion on important topics such as equity. The book includes in-depth discussion on and analysis of specific issues such as oceans, cities, and biodiversity in order to bring forth solutions that are politically legitimate, socially acceptable, and economically viable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280812169
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira is assistant director and senior research fellow at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies.

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Table of Contents

Figures x

Tables xi

Boxes xii

Contributors xiii

Acknowledgements xv

Introduction 1

1 Introduction: Framing the debate on the green economy and governance from different angles Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira 3

2 Sustainable development: A changing paradigm Sam Johnston 23

Part I Green economy 45

3 Towards equity and sustainability in the "green economy" Manu V. Mathai Govindan Parayil 47

4 The political economy of green growth: Food, fuel and electricity in southern Africa Danielle Resnick Finn Tarp James Thurlow 71

5 Learning for a green society: Towards sustainable consumption and production Zinaida Fadeeva Abel Barasa Atiti Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana Aurea Tanaka Mario Tabucanon Sachiko Yasuda Kazuhiko Takemoto 94

6 Revitalizing socio-ecological production landscapes through greening the economy Kaoru Ichikawa Robert Blasiak Aya Takatsuki 117

7 Governance challenges for promoting the green economy in Africa Timothy Afful-Koomson 136

8 Geothermal energy and the Millennium Development Goals Ingvar B. Fridleifsson 160

9 Enabling green economic transitions through biodiversity conservation: Potential and challenges M. S. Suneetha Alexandros Gasparatos 181

Part II Governance 197

10 Visioning transformative sustainable development governance Norichika Kanie 199

11 Oceans and sustainability: The governance of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction Marjo Vierros Anne McDonald Salvatore Arico 221

12 The role of indigenous peoples in global environmental governance: Looking through the lens of climate change Kirsty Galloway McLean Sam Johnston Ameyali Ramos Castillo 245

13 Global environmental health governance for sustainable development Jamal Hisham Hashim Zailina Hashim 267

14 Good governance in cities for promoting a greener economy Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira Aki Suwa Osman Balaban Christopher N. H. Doll Ping Jiang Magali Dreyfus Raquel Moreno-Peñaranda Puspita Dirgahayani Erin Kennedy 286

Conclusion 325

15 Key issues and lessons learned for moving towards a greener economy and creating better governance for sustainable development Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira 327

Index 338

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