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Mongolia: A training on green building by IT Power from UK was conducted in September 2016, with participants coming from construction professionals and staff from the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction. Work on green buildings will contiunue with support on the improvement of building coding system towards green building achievement, including green building rating systems, and capacity building for professionals. 

Burkina Faso: A PAGE mission to Burkina Faso in June 2016 increased stakeholder collaboration and engaged key partners from national government, intergovernmental institutions, research institutes, and associations. Stakeholders identified two priority activities for PAGE support in 2016: the organization of National Academy on Green Economy, and the development of a National Strategy and Action Plan. 

Ghana: The Green Industry and Trade Assessment has been launched. This assessment provides an in-depth examination of the role of industry and trade in facilitating the transition to a green economy in Ghana. The assessment reviews the multiple planning and policy regimes in place. It identifies a set of both modified and new policies to support the transition to green industrial production and trade. The report identifies further opportunities for the international community to assist Ghana to transform its economy.

Click here to read the report

Mauritius: As one of the most important thematically focused plans already mentioned in the Vision 2030 Blueprint concept paper, PAGE supported the development of the ‘Marshal Plan against poverty’ in 2015. Led by the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, this plan addresses sustainable development with a cross-sectoral approach and a focus on inclusive economic growth, socioeconomic development of the most vulnerable groups and environmental sustainability. The Marshall Plan was officially launched during the Budget Speech on 29 July 2016 by Honourable Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Minister of Finance and Economic Development. 

In the budget speech for 2016-2017, Green Economy is mentioned as a key strategy for developing local renewable energy sources with new high-value green jobs potential while at the same time addressing environmental issues and reducing future oil imports bills for the country. This will open up opportunities for SMEs, cooperative societies and small investors to invest in renewable energy sector. The government also plans to increase renewable electricity production through solar panels installed on rooftops by involving 10,000 households.

Peru: The government has appointed a new Minister of Environment, Elsa Galarza. With her previous position as the Head of the Research Unit at Lima's Universidad del Pacifico, Ms. Galarza was closely involved on the PAGE activities in Peru, including the development of national strategic planning for green growth transition.

Senegal: During the next months, new areas for sectoral and thematic policy reform will be explored, as agreed by the national steering committee, including sustainable finance, the strengthening of learning institutions, and the  alignment of PAGE intervention with relevant climate change actions contained in the Senegal Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

South Africa: The final report of the Green Economy Inventory for South Africa (GEISA) is now available for download. The study includes the overview of existing policies on the emerging green economy at national and provincial level. Additionally, it also assesses the key actors of green economy initiatives in the country as an attempt to better understand the roles of each actors on the development and implementation of green economy in South Africa. 

Click here to read the report. 

China: A stocktaking report has been launched on 17 June 2016, summarizing Jiangsu Province'es experiences in the transition to a green economy. Through information sharing events, PAGE has already received interests from other provinces and cities in China committed to inclusive green economy transition. A network will be established to facilitate learning and sharing information to encourage more actions.

Other Countries:

Mexico: A continuous support on green economy initiative has been on-going in Mexico. The next step is the implementation of the green economy modeling, in collaboration with the National Institute for ecology and Climate change (INECC) and Environment Ministry.

AFRICA

Kenya: A Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan is in its final stages of development, with a launch expected by the end of October. A green fiscal policy assessment is also underway.

Mozambique: The African Development Bank together with other development partners, namely the World Wide Fund (WWF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published a report: “Transition Towards Green Growth in Mozambique”. This document provides a summary of Mozambique’s green growth policy development as detailed in the GEAP developed by the GoM. Forthcoming in March is a report on economic modeling for the green economy in Mozambique. This report looks at how various  green economy interventions would impact on the national economy and makes recommendations based on the results. 

Rwanda: UNEP has supported the Rwandan Environment Management Agency in the identification of green economy indicators and a measurement framework to support green economy policy-making in the country and to measure progress towards attaining national green economy targets.  The report has been signed off and is in the publication process. 

CARIBBEAN

Haiti: The Agriculture Report focused on the South Department is completed and validated at the sub-regional (south department) and National level by the Environmental and Agricultural Tables. The report includes a chapter on how to scale up the agricultural investment at national level.

Jamaica: A Green Economy Scoping Study for Jamaica and a paper on Vision 2030: Jamaica and Green Economy have been launched during in Kingston on March 22nd 2016, in coordination with the Ministry of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change. The two studies recommend a series of policies that can improve resource efficiency and adaptability to climate change, create jobs, and attract investment across the economy, spearheading the transition from dependence to resilience. 

Saint Lucia: The Green Economy Scoping Study has been launched on 15 June 2016. The new couples an in-depth  analysis of Saint Lucia’s agriculture and tourism sectors with a more general review of manufacturing, transport and construction, integrating the key elements of energy, water and waste management.

Barbados: A scoping mission  will take place by the end of the year, which will involve meetings with key partner Ministries, planning the inception phase and discussions on priority areas and on the formulation of PAGE National steering committee.

SOUTH AMERICA

Colombia: A national Green Growth Round Table took place gathering over 10 different government institutions and international cooperation agencies, to discuss the initiatives, projects and approaches currently implemented on the ground. The outcome of the round table is a series of meetings and exchanges that will foster further cooperation between participating organizations. 

Uruguay: Conversations are underway with the Ministry of Environment to undertake a fiscal study on water pricing. 

Ecuador: In Ecuador UNEP is engaged with a TEEB National Study. The objective of the study is to incorporate the strategic role of ecosystems and biodiversity in the “change of the productive matrix”, with particular focus on the use two watersheds on power generation and agriculture.