GREEN ECONOMY TRANSITIONS IN LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES (GET-LDC)

Research summary

The concept of green economy is predicted to replace sustainable development as the new driving force of environmental action. A green economy is defined as low-carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive. Although the concept has received various critics, there is little empirical research related to its policy expectations or concerns. Developing countries rich in natural resources, such as Cambodia and Laos, may be able to benefit from green growth by having the opportunity to jump-start their transition towards a green economy. This project proposes a new framework to analyse green growth transitions in Cambodia and Laos and other developing countries in two
extremely natural resource dependent sectors; forestry and energy.

Description

The project consists of five phases. The first phase, scoping, includes streamlining the approach and engaging relevant stakeholders in different sectors in both countries. Second and third phase examine the role of energy and forests on three scales (local, national and international) with multidisciplinary materials and methods. The interaction between the scales is also studied. The results of the analyses are utilised in the fourth phase where different modeling tools are used for future scenario building. These models engage and combine both forest and energy sectors. Fifth phase is the
synthesis. Future workshops are arranged in both Cambodia and Laos with the same actors as in the scoping phase. The results are disseminated and the scenarios are further developed based on the feedback and interaction with the stakeholders.

Research info

Research title
GREEN ECONOMY TRANSITIONS IN LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES (GET-LDC)

Research timeline
1.9.2014 - 1.8.2018

Keywords
energy and forest sectors Green Economy natural resources sustainable development

Region
Asia

Countries
Cambodia, Finland, Lao People's Democratic Republic

Institution
University of Turku (FFRC)
Turku School of Economics
Turku, Finland

Funding instrument
Academy of Finland

Project budget
500,000 - 1 million euros

Head of research
Jyrki Luukkanen

Research team
Jyrki Luukkanen (FFRC), Visa Tuominen (FFRC), Mika Korkeakoski (FFRC), Markku Kanninen (VITRI), Dipjoy Chakma (VITRI), Mira Käkönen (UH)

Partners
Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI), University of Helsinki (UH), Finland (consortium partner); Royal University of Phnom Pehn (RUPP), Cambodia; National University of Laos (NUOL), Laos

Contact information
Jyrki Luukkanen
+358 50 3370 710
jyrki.luukkanen@utu.fi

Record last updated
20.5.2015