How green fiscal reform could influence country policies towards more sustainable natural resource management practices

Mr. Martin van Brakel currently works at the WorldFish Bangladesh & South Asia office as a Fisheries Scientist. He is leading the efforts to improve livelihoods of communities that rely on the hilsa shad (ilish fish) for the Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH) project. Occasionally, he works as a consultant to assess aquatic resource-based livelihoods practices and ecotourism development, including recreational fisheries in other countries in the South Asia region. 

During the weeks of 8 September to 10 November 2017, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) delivered an e-learning course on green fiscal reform to meet the learning needs and build capacities of national stakeholders.  

The interactive and practice-oriented course provided participants from government, business, civil society and academia with an introduction to various approaches and policy instruments for reforming government spending and revenue generation with the goal of supporting the transition to a green economy.  

I decided to take the e-course because I realized the huge potential of green fiscal reform to influence country policies towards more sustainable natural resource management practices. It turned out to be a ‘game changer’ in my way of thinking about sustainable development.
developed my case study around the hilsa shad fishery in Bangladesh, which provides a livelihood to almost half million full-time fishers, and indirectly to another 2.5 million people. The fishery contributes more than 10 percent of the country’s total fish production and 1 percent to the total GDP of the country.