Within the context of sustainable development, natural resources and ecosystem services provided by the environment are essential to support economic growth social wellbeing, and human health. Inaction on key environmental challenges, such as climate change,
could lead to severe economic consequences in the future. It is important that the measures governments are taking now to address the economic crisis are designed so that they support ‐ and at least do not compromise ‐ sustainable long‐term, environmentally
friendly growth in the future. This discussion paper highlights some of the measures governments are already taking to 'green' their approches to economic recovery, and some of the key issues they may wish to further consider going forward regarding the impact of these
approaches on the environment.