Bergen Workshop

Modeling an Inclusive Green Economy

In May 2013, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), in conjunction with the Millennium Institute (MI) and University of Bergen will hold an international workshop in Bergen, Norway on modelling inclusive green economies.

After adopting Millennium Institute’s Threshold 21 (T21) model in its flagship Green Economy Report, UNEP, together with the other partners in PAGE – ILO, UNIDO and UNITAR – plans to apply modelling tools to assist inclusive green economy policy making at the country level.

The international workshop will take stock of the major modelling tools that can be used for assisting policy making in the context of inclusive green economy and green growth development at the country level, as well as at sub-national and sectoral levels. It will compare the strengths and weaknesses of various models, and options for cooperation among key institutions including the PAGE partners, international agencies, MI, the University of Bergen and others to be identified. Also, the workshop will help identify experts, who may be able to provide technical support to countries that are interested in using these tools in their transition to a green economy.

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Day 1 – 7 May 2013

Welcome remarks

Speaker: Paal Davidsen,  University of Bergen

Introduction to an inclusive green economy and PAGE

Partnership for Action on a Green Economy

Speaker: Sheng Fulai, Head of Research Unit, UNEP

Employment and Social Inclusion in a Green Economy

Speaker: Marek Harsdorff, Green Job Specialist, ILO

Using modelling to inform development strategy

Speaker: Dr. Sangin Kang, Senior Specialist, United Nations Office of Sustainable Development


Session 1: Modeling a Green Economy, panel discussion

Moderator: Matteo Pedercini, Director of Modeling and Capacity Development, Millennium Institute

Green Economy: methodologies and tools

Speaker: Andrea Bassi, CEO, Knowledge SrL

Using T21 in the Green Economy Report

Speaker: Cathy Tan, Policy Analyst, MI

Input Output Analysis

Konstantin Stadler, Industrial Ecology Program, NTNU, Norway

CGE modelling in developing countries

Speaker: Maria Ibarraran, Associate Professor, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla


Session 2a: Country experience with modelling a green economy, panel discussion

Moderator: Yannik Beaudoin, Head of the Marine Division, UNEP Grid Arendal

South Africa

Speaker: Alan Brent, Associate Director, Center for Renewable & Sustainable Energy Studies  


Speaker: Marisol Rivera Planter, National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change, Mexico


Speaker: Rhoda Gakuru, Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis


Session 2b: Country experience with modeling, panel discussion

Moderator: Christian Schwartz, Policy Advisor, German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)


Speaker: Akhmad Hidayatno, Professor of Systems Engineering, Universitas Indonesia


Speaker: Chamnong Paungpook, Policy and Plan Analyst, National Economic and Social Development Board, Thailand


Speaker: Yang Yang, Specialist, Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC)

Wrap-up day 1

Speaker: Hans Herren, President & CEO, MI


Day 2 – 8 May 2013

Session 4: Modeling challenges

Moderator: Markus Lehmann, Economist, UN Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat


Speaker: Marek Harsdorff, Green Job Specialist, ILO


Speaker: Birgit Kopainsky, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bergen

Spatial dimension and natural capital

Speaker: Agus Salim, Geomatis Specialist, Hatfield

Discounting and sustainable development

Speaker: Erling Moxnes, Professor, University of Bergen 

Biophysical modeling

Speaker: Rik Leemans, Professor, Wageningen University

Concluding Remarks

Speaker: Sheng Fulai, Head of Research Unit, UNEP