Country Updates (February 2019)

Brazil (Mato Grosso State): PAGE contracted the Foundation for Support and Development of the Federal University of Mato Grosso (Uniselva Foundation) to assess the technical and economic potential for the generation and use of solar energy and other biomass sources in Mato Grosso. The study aims at the elaboration of the Strategic Plan for the Development of Renewable Energy in Mato Grosso.
Furthermore, PAGE is supporting the elaboration of guidelines for the standardization and certification of Sustainable Tourism Products, to be conducted by SEBRAE Mato Grosso. 

Burkina Faso: A close cooperation between PAGE and GGGI will be engaged during 2019. Areas of such a cooperation could be the following:  pledge for a quick validation of the SNEV along with the creation of the SNEV Steering Committee (Cadre de concertation); strengthening communication on IGE towards the public and the institutions; accelarating the green taxation reform;  and reinforcing capacity building on IGE.
Furthermore, the ToRs of the study on Green taxation reform were developed during a stakeholders’ workshop organised by the PAGE Focal Point in collaboration with the Switch Africa Green technical coordination Committee. 

Guyana: Guyana will be holding a series of technical workshops called Guyana Green Economy Week in March 2019. The workshops will cover the topics of media training, economic modelling and green fiscal policies.

Indonesia: PAGE has provided support to the Ministry of National Development Planning in identifying policy interventions for the green economy modelling exercise under the national Low Carbon Development Initiative (LCDI).  The modelling exercise is part of the development of Indonesia’s Medium Term National Development Plan RPJMN 2020-2024.

Kazakhstan: From 26th February - 1st March, the PAGE Inception Mission took place. As a result from the meetings, a first full work programme beginning in July 2019 is being developed. PAGE work streams will be aligned with the WGs under the national green economy council, and possibilities to support work on SDG integration in collaboration with the Economics Research Institute of the Ministry of National Economy were discussed.

Kyrgyz Republic: PAGE supported the Ministry of Economy as a key coordinating state agency in implementation of the PAGE Initiative in the country within ongoing development initiatives of the Kyrgyz Republic related to green economy to integrate inclusive green economy principals into national strategic documents and sectoral strategies. 

Mauritius: Consultations with the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives are underway to support in a study on green finance for small and medium enterprises in Mauritius. The Indian Ocean Commission and the Agence Francaise de Developpement are conducting consultations in view to integrating declarations of international conventions ratified by Mauritius into the local legislation.

Peru: The National Competitiveness and Productivity Policies was formally adopted on 31 December 2018. Among its nine priorities, the policy calls for environmental sustainability and aims to create green jobs and growth trough 1) clean technologies and green industries; 2) circular economy and sound waste management and 3) biotrade.

SenegalPAGE co-organized a Green Entrepreneurship Training Workshop in Senegal. The training provided the basis for promoting the integration of the environmental dimension in the supply, production and marketing functions of existing companies' goods and services; orientation towards green business ideas and, where appropriate, the creation of green businesses in Senegal.

Uruguay: PAGE supported several following activities:, amongst them the ellaboration of a strategic environmental assessment for the forest-wood-cellulose chain; a workshop presenting the final report of the consultancy for the analysis of the available models of evaluation of macroeconomic impact of environmental policies; as well as the planning of activities for the development of a National Award on Circular Economy.


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