Senegal Talks Green Growth this Week

Arid drylands landscape near Niassante, Senegal. Baobab and
acacia trees in the North Senegalese arid drylands landscape in
Niassante Rural Community, Saint Louis Region, Senegal.
Participants are meeting in Dakar to discuss how to turn
development challenges into inclusive and sustainable green growth
opportunities. Credit: ILRI/Jo Cadilhon

By Wambi Michael
KAMPALA, Nov 28 2018 (IPS)

Global Green Growth Week 2018 is taking take place in Dakar,
Senegal from 26-29 November with a focus on strengthening
collaborations, sharing experiences and best practices in the new
green growth economy.

“Africa and Senegal in particular must now unlock their green
growth potential at an even faster pace,” said Mamadou Konate,
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Representative in Senegal Country officer. GGGI is a treaty-based
international, inter-governmental organisation focused on a model
of economic growth that is both environmentally sustainable and
socially inclusive.

Over 240 participants are expected at Senegal’s first-ever
Global Green Growth Week including key stakeholders from the public
and private sectors, international organisations and
representatives of civil society. Under the theme of “Unlocking
Senegal’s green growth potential”, they will discuss how to
turn development challenges into inclusive and sustainable green
growth opportunities.

Agriculture, forestry and other land uses such as fisheries and
aquaculture, livestock, tourism are the key sectors targeted for
green growth opportunities. Despite the combined effects of climate
change and globalisation, African economies have experienced
impressive growth over the last decade, and it is mainly
agriculture and natural resources said Konate.

An important topic under discussion will be resource
mobilisation through the establishment of national financial
vehicles and capacity building for the development of bankable
green projects, he said.

Green growth involves the creation green jobs, the reduction of
green house gas emissions, increased access to clean affordable
energy, sustainable public transport, improved sanitation, and
sustainable waste management. It also means improved air quality,
adequate supply of ecosystem services and enhanced adaptation to
climate change.

This edition of GGG Week 2018 includes a high-level political
dialogue on the challenges and opportunities of a national green
growth strategy. Other topics include capacity building, the
integration of environmental economics into training curricula;
information sharing on an initiative for the establishment of
developing country universities on climate change; evaluation of
Senegal and Africa’s readiness for green growth.

There will also be a training session on strengthening
capacities on climate finance and the nationally determined
contributions (NDCs) and the sharing of knowledge under the

The Paris Agreement
on climate change.  NDCs are at the heart
of the agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with each
country developing a plan to reduce their national emissions. 

The 2018 edition of Global Green Growth Week is jointly
organized by GGGI, The Government of Senegal, The Korean Embassy in
Senegal, International Renewable Energy Agency and the ECOWAS
Center for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency.  A National
Capacity Development Workshop,

entitled “Financing NDC Implementation in the Energy
Sector”, in Dakar, on 27-28 November 2018 as part of the four-day

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Senegal Talks Green Growth this Week