Green Growth in Kitakyushu, Japan

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This report studies green growth trends, challenges and opportunities in the City of Kitakyushu, Japan.  It firstly analyses socio-economic trends and the environmental performance of Kitakyushu; secondly reviews urban policies for land use, transport, buildings, waste, energy, water and industries that contribute to economic growth and reduce pressure on the environment; thirdly identifies innovation assets and actors in Kitakyushu and the northern Kyushu region and assesses Kitakyushu’s potential to bolster a regional green innovation system; and finally examines local, regional and national institutions, including horizontal and vertical co-ordination mechanisms that strengthen cross-sectoral and multilevel governance for green growth.

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Fostering green growth in Kitakyushu through multilevel governance

Chapter 4 examines the local, regional and national institutions and governance mechanisms for strengthening green growth in Kitakyushu. It reviews multilevel governance mechanisms, notably with respect to the city’s relations with the central government, the opportunities and limitations of decentralisation, the role of citizens in shaping and implementing green growth in Kitakyushu, and opportunities for leveraging international networks and green exports.


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