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1 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE Water and Green Growth for Sustainable Development Ganesh Pangare Head, Water and Wetlands Programme Head, Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group, IUCN, Asia Regional Office Bangkok

2 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE About nature.

3 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE 3 nature not the problem – but a source of solutions complement nature with built infrastructure, dont replace it build the values of nature into economic development

4 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE Livelihood for all : These pictures are of fishermen from Bangladesh and Japan Their livelihood is dependent on fishing, for which healthy rivers with abundant fish is necessary. The issues of livelihood, clean water to maintain ecosystems and life are the same, be it Japan or Bangladesh.

5 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE CENTURYASIAN ECONOMYBOOMING CITIESBUZZING PEOPLEUPBEAT WATERWEALTH? Can this current boom be sustained? Yes it can, if we can manage one of the basic pillars supporting this growth i.e. water Asia Regional Office, Bangkok

6 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE China PRC today is the worlds second largest economy. Taihu Basin contributes more than 20 per cent of the GDP of the country. Shanghai is located in the Taihu Basin. Lake Taihu in 2007 had a major algae problem due to heavy pollution which threatened the water supply to Wushi and other towns. This was awake up call, highlighting the need that if the economy has to be sustained then the health of the people and the basin also has to be maintained.

7 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE flood regulation water purification water provision water storage C sequestration coastal defence water conveyance cultural services fisheries provision coastal defence Ecosystems are infrastructure – part of the stock of facilities, services and installations needed for the functioning of a society and economy.

8 FacilityBuiltNatural Storagereservoirupland soils lakes aquifers Conveyancecanalsrivers Flood regulationlevees dams wetlands floodplains Water filtrationfiltration plantwetland Coastal protectionsea walls breakwaters mangroves & reefs barrier islands Nature as Water Infrastructure

9 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE Values of Natural Infrastructure

10 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE Miyun watershed, Peoples Republic of China Protected watershed on the periphery of Beijing that meets 75% of the citys water demand. Miyun watershed services: $1.87 billion annually Asia Regional Office, Bangkok

11 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE Nakivubo wetlands, Uganda Sewage treatment and nutrient retention for 33,000 residents: $1.75 million per year (Emerton 2003)

12 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE

13 Green Economy/ Growth future growth should reduce poverty, increase social equity, in a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy, while sustaining ecosystems and preventing biodiversity loss

14 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE Green Economy/Water – Emerging Success Factors natural built Water Infrastructure Economic Cross-cuttingSocial Environmental efficiency subsidies enterprise optimisation multipliers ecosystems pollution wastewater allocation access & equity livelihoods jobs learning empowerment good governance coherence adaptive mgt. incentives metrics Value natural infrastructure by investing to secure, improve and restore the considerable multi-functional value of biodiversity and ecosystems to provide food and energy, conserve water, sustain livelihoods and contribute to a green economy while strengthening the basic role that nature plays in supporting life, well-being and cultures.

15 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE 15 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE Investing in natural infrastructure means investing in people, their capacities and in good governance, including participation

16 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE Asia Regional Office, Bangkok The Green Growth policy aims to effectively implement climate change adaptation strategies nationally and internationally, and thereby contributing to green growth and climate change adaptation in developing countries. Many international organizations have shown their keen interests in green growth which is a highly effective strategy for pursuing environmental protection and economic growth at the same time. Kwon, Do-Youp Minister of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs 09 March 2012

17 INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE Thank you for your attention


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