Country Updates (May 2018)

Mauritius: The Government of Mauritius launched its annual budget speech on 14 June 2018 for the 2018/2019 period. The budget includes new fiscal incentives for organic agriculture. Agriculture was one of the six focus sectors of the earlier PAGE Green Economy Assessment, in which supporting organic practices was one of the suggested actions.

Kyrgyz Republic: PAGE has developed a final draft of the Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment for Kyrgyz Republic, in partnership with the American University of Central Asia. The report is available in Russian and features an executive summary in English. The recommendations of the report will be taken up through PAGE capacity building activities.

Burkina Faso: On 22 June, PAGE held a validation workshop for the Green Economy Learning Assessment. The study was developed in partnership with the Center for Social and Economic Development (CEDRES). 60 participants participated in the workshop, including from the Ministries of Education, Trade, Agriculture, Tourism, and Culture, among others. CEDRES developed a short article and video on the workshop, available here (also promoted through the Ministry of Environment’s website).

South Africa: PAGE engaged with green economy stakeholders at various events and Conferences in South Africa. During the EU Climate Diplomacy Week, PAGE participated in a panel discussion on strategic partnerships in South Africa. Three PAGE products (the Green Economy Investory, Trade and Industry Assessment, and Learning Needs Assessment) were presented to participants in an EU stand at a side event organised during the Adaptation Futures Conference. PAGE also participated in the 5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference in Cape Town, on the 18-22 June.

Uruguay: PAGE is developing scenario analyses for value chains prioritized by the National Development Strategy Uruguay 2050, starting with the forest-wood-cellulose. For this value chain, PAGE has begun work on economic modeling, and on analyses of aspects of climate change to be incorporated in the scenarios for the National Development Strategy Uruguay 2050.