Green Jobs at the heart of the international workshop on modeling inclusive green economies, Bergen, Norway, 7-8 May 2013

More than 50 participants attended this two-day workshop in Bergen, including policy makers from 30 countries, modelers from different institutions, such as the Millennium Institute (MI), the System Dynamics department of the University of Bergen and international agencies.

News | 17 May 2013
Main objective of the workshop was to take stock of the major modeling tools used for assisting policy making in the context of inclusive green economy development.

Kicking off the workshop, the ILO introduced its green jobs assessment methodology. Green jobs play a key role in promoting socially inclusive development as they offer an effective means for creating more and better employment. Several government officials recognized this and demonstrated interest in undertaking green jobs assessment in their respective countries. A delegate from Mozambique said: “This is exactly what we need to make our green growth strategy tangible, practicable and understandable for the people!”

UNEP presented its work on reviewing its methodologies for policy planning to implement green economy strategies. This will result in a volume I and II on indicators and a manual on different models in the field of green economy. Besides, country experiences, including South Africa, Kenya, and Indonesia, illustrated national application of these various green economy models.

Organized by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), in conjunction with the Millennium Institute and University of Bergen, the workshop offered a forum to compare the strengths and weaknesses of the various models. Models discussed included static and dynamic ones on Indicators, I-O, SAM, Econometrics, CGE, System, Engineering models, System Dynamics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS). With PAGE supporting 30 countries to embark on green economy transitions by 2020, it plans to apply modeling tools to assist inclusive green economy policy making at the country level. The challenge ahead is certainly to build national modeling capacity and increase policy makers understanding these models. This was the home take message of the workshop.