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Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia: Knowledge Sharing


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In December 2012, the OECD launched a project on Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia (PDF).  Building on the work of the OECD Green Cities Programme, this project explores ways to foster green growth in fast-growing cities in Asia; and is composed of:


Over 2013-15, several knowledge sharing activities and events have been conducted under the project framework, with the support of the OECD Knowledge Sharing Alliance (KSA):


Knowledge sharing  will be critical to foster urban green growth. Cities in dynamic Asia urgently need to adopt or strengthen a green growth model that takes into account specific local circumstances (rapid urbanisation, industrialisation and motorisation, fast economic growth, widespread informal settlements, vulnerability to environmental risks, etc.).

Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia city photo (UGGiDA)

At the same time, there is much to be gained from the sharing of expertise among cities within Asia as well as between Asian cities and other relevant actors, such as national governments, OECD cities outside Asia, city networks and institutions for development co-operation. However, to date, knowledge sharing for urban green growth has been extremely limited.Knowledge sharing can bring benefits to all the stakeholders through peer-to-peer learning on equal footing. These activities can provide evidence-based policy advice to help bridge the knowledge gap and inform decision-making. Asian cities and national governments could mutually learn from each other and therefore better design and implement urban green growth policies. 

Meanwhile, institutions for development co-operation could support cities and countries in dynamic Asia more effectively by sharing their accumulated knowledge and tailoring their activities to specific local needs.


Knowledge-sharing Platform

Building on the work in 2013-14 and operating under a strengthened co-operation framework, the OECD proposes the Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia Knowledge-Sharing Platform in 2014-15. The OECD invites city governments, national governments, city networks and institutions for development co-operation to participate.


The Knowledge-Sharing Platform will facilitate knowledge exchange between:

  • Participating cities, including city networks, on urban green growth
  • Participating cities and national governments
  • Cities in dynamic Asia and institutions for development co-operation who support implementation and the OECD
Who can participate?

  • Four to six "host" cities in dynamic Asia. These cities are in principle the case study cities of the project and will be at the centre of knowledge sharing on urban green growth, notably by hosting one peer learning workshop gathering all participants willing to join and proposing topics to discuss.
  • Cities and city networks interested in mutual learning. They could be cities in dynamic Asia, cities in the OECD countries, or cities from any other parts of the world.
  • National governments in dynamic Asia and in the OECD countries interested in mutual learning. They are central given their substantial role in fostering urban green growth.
  • Institutions for development co-operation interested in mutual learning. Their contribution could be particularly beneficial for the Platform as they have been strongly involved in local urban green growth projects and are familiar with the needs of Asian cities.

How does it work? 

Urban green growth UGGiDA

The Platform is an open, flexible platform articulated around a series of international conferences, peer learning workshops organised by the host Asian cities (4 to 6 in total) around specific policy topics, and feedback activities. In total, 7 to 9 events will be organised in 2014-15 and promote policy dialogue on urban green growth (image above).

The Platform is supported by an online space where members can view information on the past and future knowledge sharing activities of the Platform, access key documents of these activities (e.g. agendas) and on the topic of urban green growth (e.g. green growth publications), and discuss the Platform. The website is a critical tool to ensure continuous knowledge sharing and to reinforce the community on urban green growth in dynamic Asia. More information on the benefits of the Platform website can be found in its manual. If you are interested in joining the online community, please consult the access procedure.


What are the expected outputs of the Platform?

The primary output of the Platform is an increased and shared understanding of what urban green growth entails in the specific local contexts of the participating organisations, and especially in the host cities, which could lead to more effective design and implementation of urban green growth policies. Each peer learning workshop and follow-up activities will result in a specific output report on the host city and the specific urban green growth policy topic selected for the workshop, and will be integrated by the OECD into:

  • a report summarising the outcomes of the peer learning workshops, conferences and feedbacks
  • a city-based case study report
  • a synthesis report


These documents will constitute a concrete pool of knowledge based on the contributions of participants, and which could be further exploited for urban green growth policies.

Previous activities

Previous knowledge sharing activities and events were conducted under the project framework, with the support of the OECD KSA:


ADB workshop group

These pilot activities confirmed that knowledge sharing can help to ensure the coherence of the urban green growth initiatives of different actors and to share best practices among cities with similar challenges. Participants agreed to explore further effective options for knowledge sharing on urban green growth, in particular, highlighting the importance of engaging into city-to-city collaboration and knowledge sharing with institutions for development co-operation, through peer learning.



For more informaiton please contact Tadashi Matsumoto (