Country Updates (November 2019)

Senegal: With the support of UNDP, the Directorate of Green Financing and Partnerships, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, organized a 2-day training workshop on green bonds on 19-20 November 2019. CALIA Conseil and DS Avocats provided the training, which targeted Senegalese administrations and public project leaders. The workshop provided an introduction to, both, the expected benefits from green bonds and the international mechanisms to use them.

In order to support the emergence of a healthy production system in the agricultural sector, civil society organisations, NGOs, research institutions, municipalities and farmers' organisations are jointly working on a document contributing to national policies on the agro ecological transition, based on grassroots concerns. A workshop took place on 19 November, to report on the local consultation workshops on the agro ecological transition in Senegal. The implementation of this document is an opportunity to reflect together on agroecology, while formulating recommendations that will contribute to the development of an appropriate policy that can produce, among other things, responses to recurring problems of reducing family farm productivity and food safety quality.


Indonesia: The Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry is now finalizing a methodology on how to calculate greenhouse gases from Waste, Industry, Forestry, Agriculture and Energy sectors. The Directorate of Environmental Affairs BAPPENAS has included blue carbon (mangrove & seagrass) as one of focus sector in Low Carbon Development Indonesia moving forward, together with the existing focus sectors, i.e. energy, waste, industry, forestry, peat, and agriculture.

PAGE Indonesia together with BAPPENAS has provided an introductory training on system thinking and Systems Dynamics Modelling targeted at Regional Governments (Provincial Government and to some extent City/District Governments) officials and universities in Central Indonesia.  The training was held in Surabaya, East Java on 28-31 October 2019 and was attended by 222 participants from various provinces. These include, among others- from the regional government (i.e. Environment Agency, Internal Affairs Agency, Energy and Mineral Resources Agency, Regional Development Planning Agency/BAPPEDA), Secretariat of National Action Plan for GHG Emission Reduction (SEKRAN-GRK), IPB University, System Dynamics Working Group, as well as representatives from GIZ.


Burkina Faso: The Government of Burkina organised a workshop to validate the interim report of the Environmental fiscal reform study financed by Luxdev on November 11, 2019. The purpose of the workshop was (1) to appreciate the interim report of the study (diagnosis of the current situation including an inventory of environmental taxes and others measures (first phase of the study); (2) Adopt the Terms of Reference for the second phase of the study (analysis, development of the environmental fiscal reform plan and its implementation strategy). The NC recommended that the consultants participate in the upcoming training workshops on green taxation to take place on the 5-6 and 12-13 December, 2019.


Kyrgyzstan: A key policy milestone in the Kyrgyz Republic is the adoption of the Green Economy Programme 2019-2023. PAGE Kyrgyzstan supported the development of this national policy document. The Sustainable Finance Roadmap, which was developed with PAGE Kyrgyzstan support in 2018, has been integrated into this programme as a separate section.

Other policy developments include the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and joining the Green Growth Institute. These two key policy milestones, in addition to the new GE Programme of the KR, will serve as a strong foundation for the implementation of important initiatives on GE as one of the key instruments of achieving SDGs


South Africa: PAGE has been working with UN Environment on a EU funded project on Green Economy Policy Review focusing on greening the South African Industrial Policy Action Plan.  A stakeholder workshop to validate findings of the review took place on 21 November 2019.

Training on Promoting a just transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient economies in Southern Africa” took place on 7-11 October 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa, with tripartite delegations from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa. It was organized by the ILO Pretoria Country Office in collaboration with the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) and Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) South Africa.  The objectives of the training were for participants to deepen their knowledge of the key topics green jobs, just transition and social justice with the guidance of international development experts. More specifically, participants learned about: a) ILO Guidelines for a Just Transition, b) The interlinkages between the natural environment and the world of work and how each impact the other, and c) Best practices from South Africa just transition experience in the context of South-South Cooperation.


Mongolia: On 12 November 2019, PAGE Mongolia held a seminar on Green Entrepreneurship and a Just Transition for Sustainable Investments.  Participants from the Mongolian Bankers Association discussed on the Just transition planning for sustainable investments of commercial banks and green jobs promotion for industry lending products. The event contributed to the development of risk assessment methodologies for sustainable investments.

Argentina: On November 13, PAGE Argentina, together with the Institute for Youth of the National Ministry of Social Development (INJUVE), the National Secretary for Labour Security and Safety organized a "Youth Hackaton on Green Jobs and Just Transition”. About 50 young people who are covered by employment programs took part in the discussions. The products of the hackaton where oriented at creating opportunities for green job creation and facing the challenges for youth employment.


Uruguay: Sustainable Finance: PAGE Uruguay collaborated with the BioValor Project in organizing the first workshop on Sustainable Finance in Uruguay on 9 October 2019. The results of a preliminary study carried out by the aforementioned project were presented. The study analyzed the supply and demand of financial products and the existent gaps between the existent Green Financial Products and the sectors or organizations potentially interested in them.

Education on Circular Economy: In 2019, Transforma Uruguay launched the Circular Economy Action Plan with the objective of boosting the circular economy in the framework of the country's sustainable development plan. This work plan is part of one of the prioritized actions of the Plan, which seeks to strengthen training in circular economy. The BioValor Project and the PAGE Program held a number of meetings to define axes of action to drive the transition to the circular economy in Uruguay. BioValor Project and PAGE jointly carry out the capacity-building component of the Circular Economy Action Plan. Their objective, among others, will be to create and disseminate content on the circular economy for the public.

Kazakhstan: The Green Economy Council meeting has been announced. Some of the topics that will be discussed include: 1) Green Economy Concept implementation 2) Results of the analysis of the impact of the environment on public health, including air pollution. 3) Results of the study on green growth in Kazakhstan under the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the OECD.