Located on the eastern coast of China, Jiangsu province is home to around 80 million people and is one of the most technologically advanced provinces in the country. Situated in the Yangtze Delta, characterized by a dense network of rivers, lakes and waterways, Jiangsu has a strong natural resource base. With a total GDP of 1.2 trillion USD in 2017 (China NBS Data, 2018), it ranks as the second richest and the most developed province of China with an HDI of 0.798 in 2014 ("China National Human Development Report 2016", UNDP, 2016), ranking fourth in China. However, the province faces some emerging challenges such as high population density, environmental degradation, and a reliance on heavy industry.

China’s 13th Five-Year plan (2016-2020) has placed green development as one of the top national priorities, which indicates a clear development direction for provincial governments to implement. To maintain its competitiveness and achieve inclusive development for its citizens, Jiangsu has already committed to advancing inclusive green economy for the past decade, through policy development and green economy action. The provincial 13th Five-Year Plan in Jiangsu also proposed a green development approach for building a resource-efficient and environment-friendly society that will enable inclusive growth in Jiangsu.

Through PAGE’s support, Jiangsu Province of China aims to identify and exemplify successes and good practices at the policy, business, and sub-provincial levels to inspire other provinces and countries; and to identify and analyze major challenges to inclusive green economy policy implementation. A network of partners has been established to provide inputs and support for project and programme planning and implementation, including national and provincial partners, such as the  Provincial Environmental Protection  Department, Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE of MEE), Nanjing University, Research Institute for Global Value Chain (RIGVC)  as well as international partners such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

In China, Jiangsu Province, PAGE is contributing towards the achievement of SDG 4 (Quality Education),  SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 12 (Sustainable consumption and production), SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

PAGE Objective in China

With PAGE support Jiangsu Province of China aims to achieve two main objectives:

1) To identify and exemplify successes and good practices at the policy, business, and sub-provincial levels to inspire other provinces and countries. Jiangsu Province is relatively advanced in integrating key elements of a green economy into development plans and policies. Exemplifying, analyzing and sharing these good practices nationally could inspire more changes in other provinces. In addition, the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020)  at the national as well as provincial level is nearly complete and requires the full integration of environmental concerns into economic, social, cultural and political spheres.

2) To identify and analyse major challenges to green economy policy implementation. Although some green economy strategies, policies, and plans are in place, and there are successful examples of their implementation, the province at large still faces challenges in transforming its economy. Through the engagement of local stakeholders, PAGE will support the government to substantiate and prioritize such challenges in order to offer targeted solutions in future phases.

The initial phase of the PAGE support in Jiangsu will:

1) Exemplify the province’s green economy successes and good practices in partnership with the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP);

2) Produce a stocktaking report of the major green economy policies, strategies, and plans, including those embedded in the 13th five-year plan, provides examples of successes and good practices, and prioritizes major challenges.

In addition to analysis and assessment reports, PAGE will engage wide-ranging local stakeholders in capacity building activities on green finance, green jobs, green industry, and inclusiveness in a green economy, among others.  


National PAGE Partners

Ministry of Environmental Protection

Environmental Protection Department of Jiangsu Province

Jiangsu Development & Reform Commission

Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy, Ministry of Environmental Protection

Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning, Ministry of Environmental Protection

Beijing Normal University 


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