Welcome to the Water and Green Growth website set up in accordance with a memorandum of understanding signed in November 2011 between the World Water Council (WWC) and the Korean Government to initiate a joint project to closely examine the role of water in green growth.

This website will provide a focal point for anyone interested in water and green growth, and is the principal tool used to gather, analyse and publish case studies to support this important research.



In November 2010, the WWC signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korean Government.

In the context of the recent global economic crisis, “Green Growth” is an idea that has emerged out of the Far East in response to the high environmental cost of rapid economic development and urbanization that has taken place there over the past several decades.  It is an idea that has been championed by the Republic of Korea, promoted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and adopted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) through a declaration in support of Green Growth in 2009.  The OECD defines it as “environmentally sustainable economic progress to foster low-carbon, socially inclusive development”.  What is not yet clear is how water management is being factored into green growth.

The main objective of this project is to develop a framework for policy and decision makers by the 6th World Water Forum being held in Marseille in 2012 that explains:
            (1)        Why water is important for green growth?
            (2)        What role water plays in green growth?
            (3)        How we can enhance this role?