Water & Green Growth: Phases 1, 2 and 3
Case Studies & Framework for Action
Location: Global
Client: World Water Council (in partnership with the South Korean Government)

The concept of "green growth" has arisen out of the high environmental cost of rapid urbanization and economic development, especially in Asia. Green growth means "environmentally sustainable economic progress to foster low-carbon, socially inclusive development," according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The first phase of the project addressed questions about why water is important, what role it plays, and how to enhance that role. Key proposals supported policy work at the 6th World Water Forum in 2012, resulting in a policy framework for action, which addresses innovation, economic valuation of water's eco-system services, and investment among other issues. The second phase developed and promoted the policy framework to ensure that water remains a high priority for the international community. In the third and final phase, a report was prepared demonstrating how water resources are an integral component of green growth.

Nautilus helped to analyze the role of water in green growth in Phase 1, summarized 26 exemplary case studies, prepared a report for international discussion by decision makers, and developed a policy framework to support implementation. The results were summarized into key messages for the UN conference on Rio+20. In Phase 2, Nautilus strengthened key case studies with in-depth research on their impacts on green growth including interviews with both international experts and local stakeholders in Brazil, Ecuador, India, Spain, and Turkey. See sidebar at right to download these case studies.

For the final publication in Phase 3, Nautilus' work on the Water and Green Growth policy framework and best practices around the world was presented and discussed at the 7th World Water Forum in Daegu-Gyeongbak, Republic of Korea in April 2015. International support was mobilized at the Forum so that key messages will be transferred across borders and more countries will approach water resources management in ways that contribute to sustainable economic growth, environmental protection and socially-inclusive development. Nautilus assisted the clients in the overall drafting and editing as well as leading work on the qualitative analysis and articulation of next steps. The final report was launched at the event and is now available.



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Phase 2 Case Studies:

Integrated Water Resources Management in Brazil: How National Policies and Practices Support Green Growth

Water Fund Mechanisms for Watershed Protection in Ecuador

Water Management in Gujarat State, India: Mix of Policy and Infrastructure Initiatives Result in Green Growth

Ebro River Basin, Spain: Sound Water Planning Supports Green Growth

Restoration of an Urban Estuary: Golden Horn (Istanbul, Turkey)

Map of International Case Studies