Country Updates (August 2020)

South Africa: On 1-2 July, the South African Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries jointly organized with PAGE a training workshop on “Climate Smart Agriculture and Trade Opportunities,” aiming to build the capacities of relevant stakeholders to support and enable export growth of sustainably farmed products. 

Kyrgyz Republic: radio interview was conducted with UNDP Policy Advisor Tim Scott was on how Kyrgyzstan can build a model of green economy, with a UNDP article published on the interview. 

Guatemala: PAGE work in Guatemala has increased momentum this month, with the onboarding of a National Coordinator and initiation of bilateral consultations with the lead ministry regarding potential workstreams and policy interventions on environmental fiscal strategy and economic recovery measures. 

Jiangsu Province: Outside of PAGE, developments on green economy in Jiangsu province have been mentioned in the media including on the publication of four provincial policy documents on green finance as well as the launch of the 2019 Jiangsu Low Carbon Development Report.  

Mauritius: SCORE training of trainers on competitiveness and resource efficiency for MSMEs was completed, with trainers certified in a virtual ceremony.  
The Mauritius Commercial Bank issued its ‘Occasional Paper’ on the country’s transition to a green economy, referencing PAGE’s work on GE assessment, fiscal scoping analysis, Marshall Plan on Poverty and Tracking Public Sector Environmental Expenditures. 

Argentina: The ITCILO course on “Green Jobs for Sustainable Development” was completed, with an ILO article published highlighting the testimonies of outstanding participants.

India: On the 6th of July,  PAGE India, Climate Policy Initiative, and Development Alternatives as the Green Economy Coalition India Hub hosted a webinar on “Building Back Better: Greening the Economic Recovery Package of the Government of India” which brought together eminent speakers to discuss the ways in which the Economic Package released by the Government of India can be made greener and more inclusive. 

Brazil, Mato Grosso: PAGE Mato Grosso Partners had the opportunity to attend the course “Integrating the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals” organized by UNDP together with Petrobrás, contributing to the strengthening of capacities and the promotion of citizen training by offering essential knowledge about the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. 

In collaboration with the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT), PAGE completed the Green Economy Learning Assessment. The report provides an analysis of the State’s skills and knowledge needs to foster the green transition in four priority sectors. It concludes with seven recommendations for action to build the capacities of tomorrow together with local institutions active in education and training. The report is available in Portuguese and can be accessed here.

Indonesia: PAGE has completed the development of generic/macro system dynamics model for all provinces in Indonesia which will be used to review the current regional/provincial medium-term development plan (RPJMD), to formulate the regional/provincial low carbon development plan (RPRKD) and to mainstream LCDI approach for development planning at the sub-national level. 

Kazakhstan: In the policy vision for the Low Carbon Development Strategy 2050 of Kazakhstan, work on the waste sector has been completed and will include a waste model to track flows and analyse outcomes of several intervention options on GHG emissions, employment creation and economic activity.