SOUTH AFRICA

JOINED PAGE IN 2015

CONTEXT

In the last couple of decades, South Africa has become one of the largest economies in Africa, benefiting from high levels of industrialization and abundant natural resources such as large mineral deposits[1]. In the process, the country has made considerable strides towards improving the well-being of its citizens, significantly lowering poverty rates and increasing access to public services. Nevertheless, while the economy is still expanding, economic growth has significantly slowed down in recent years and many social and environmental challenges remain. Indeed, South Africa still suffers from high albeit improved levels of inequality and unemployment, and the industrialization of the country alongside the increasing exploitation of natural resources has resulted in a large ecological footprint.

Having recognized the potential of green economy strategies, the South African government has embarked on a developmental path where environmental sustainability and social equity go hand in hand with economic prosperity. South Africa’s vision for a low-carbon, resource efficient and pro-employment future has been integrated in a number of national policy instruments such as the National Development Plan 2030 and the Green Economy Accord. South Africa has notably assumed a leadership position in its region towards addressing environmental challenges and implementing green economic policies.

The intention of PAGE in South Africa is to further strengthen cooperation, coordination and capabilities required to implement the country’s planned green economy transition. The PAGE programme’s three objectives in South Africa are: i) to contribute to better policy coordination, strengthen dialogue and help deepen collaboration in green economy policy, planning and implementation processes; ii) to identify enabling factors for selected green economy sectors with the intent of promoting sector reform; iii) to strengthen capabilities through enhanced green economy training, learning and knowledge sharing, including support for national learning institutions in South Africa.

PAGE activities in South Africa contribute to the achievement of SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals).

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PAGE'S WORK IN SOUTH AFRICA

PROGRESS 2016                    |                    PROGRESS 2017

 

 

 

LATEST ACTIVITY

South Africa: October 2018 - PAGE in partnership with DPME, O.R. Tambo Foundation, Wits School of Governance hosted a Roundtable in the OR Tambo Debate Series, with theme "Pathways for a Just Transition to a Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Environment and Society" issues discussed focused on land use, water and energy. This roundtable forms part of the National Planning Commission’s process of engagement on identifying pathways for a Just Transition. The session specifically focused on consultation with youth. The outcomes of the discussion will be included in the National Planning Commission’s paper and final declaration.

INTEGRATION OF INCLUSIVE GREEN ECONOMY GOALS, TARGETS & INDICATORS INTO SDG ALIGNED NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY INSTRUMENTS

INTEGRATION OF INCLUSIVE GREEN ECONOMY GOALS, TARGETS & INDICATORS INTO SDG ALIGNED NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY INSTRUMENTS

In order to advance South Africa’s green economy transition agenda, PAGE has provided support to the government in its efforts to advance green economy principles and practices. Considering the extensive green economy policy framework currently in place in South Africa, PAGE work has been geared towards supporting improved coordination and collaboration relative to green economy policy, planning and implementation processes.

In collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs, PAGE conducted a Green Economy Inventory in 2016, to assess progress in green economy initiatives and identify opportunities for accelerated implementation. The inventory seeks to serve as a platform to enhance coordination and further, to review steps taken towards South Africa’s green economy transition.

The government also further expanded its monitoring toolset by initiating a work stream to develop a national framework for green economy indicators based on PAGE’s Green Economy Progress (GEP) Measurement Framework, also integrating SDG targets and the goals of the Africa Agenda 2063. PAGE subsequently delivered national training and stakeholder engagement workshops examining the methodology underpinning the GEP tool and discussing how it can be concretely applied in South Africa’s context.

EVIDENCE-BASED SECTORAL AND THEMATIC REFORMS

EVIDENCE-BASED SECTORAL AND THEMATIC REFORMS

During the inception phase, PAGE identified various sectors as key to the green economy transition in South Africa, including “green industry and trade”.

In partnership with a number of national departments, PAGE undertook a Green Economy Industry and Trade Analysis (GEITA) in 2016, assessing economic sectors that offer particular trade opportunities from the perspective of green industrial development and providing recommendations for policymakers on how to take advantage of the set of opportunities identified.

Building on previous work from UN Environment, PAGE also delivered a technical training workshop to stakeholders from government, civil society and the private sector, aiming to strengthen capacity for the sustainable production and export of organic and biodiversity-based agricultural products.

INDIVIDUAL, INSTITUTIONAL AND PLANNING CAPACITIES STRENGTHENED

INDIVIDUAL, INSTITUTIONAL AND PLANNING CAPACITIES STRENGTHENED

In an effort to promote wide-ranging stakeholder engagement and empower relevant actors, significant support was provided towards strengthening green economy related capacity of national institutions and other stakeholders.

 PAGE conducted a Green Economy Learning Assessment identifying learning priorities across economic sectors for green economy policy action and highlighting opportunities for scaling up the delivery of green economy learning and training. Accordingly, an e-learning course tailored to the national context was developed in 2017 and piloted in the first half of 2018. PAGE also administered Trainings of Trainers, attended by academia and external stakeholders from government and civil society, on how to design and deliver effective e-learning.

PAGE has assisted the government in efforts to develop national learning platforms increasing the reach of green economy knowledge and tools, and creating spaces for sharing novel ideas on how to build a sustainable future in South Africa. In addition to the development of the e-learning course PAGE supported capacity building in the country by offering training and knowledge sharing opportunities for both governmental and non-governmental actors at the Green Economy Academy.