Now Available: 2017 GGSD Forum Report

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8 March 2018

The GGSD Forum 2017 Greening the Ocean Economy Summary Report is now available.

Established in 2012, the Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum is the main annual green growth event at the OECD. The GGSD Forum provides a space for multidisciplinary dialogue on key cross-cutting issues on the green growth agenda for which coordination across different government ministries, OECD committees, business and civil society is needed.

The sixth OECD GGSD Forum (Paris, 21-22 November 2017) was held on the theme of “Greening the Ocean Economy” as part of the OECD Ocean Economy Week. The Forum examined the environmental and economic implications of the use of oceans and discussed innovative approaches for making the ocean economy more sustainable.

The three main sessions of the Forum were: (1) “Greening” of oceanbased industries: Case of bio-based sectors using living marine resources; (2) Marine spatial planning: A tool for improving ocean governance; and (3) “Greening” of ocean-based industries: Case of sectors based on non-living marine resources and infrastructure. In addition, four parallel sessions were held focusing on: (A) Monitoring progress of the SDG 14 implementation; (B) Marine litter, microplastics and the circular economy; (C) Targeting criminal activities at sea with economic and financial perspectives; and (D) Tourism as a driver for green growth.

The Forum gathered nearly 50 speakers and over 200 participants. Discussions drew on previous and ongoing work of various OECD Committees, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Transport Forum (ITF) as well as partner organisations such as the World Bank, UN Environment and the GiZ.

During the one and half days, the Form participants aimed to identify best practices as well as key knowledge gaps that may help establish future work priorities for the OECD and others.