Senegal has established a National Platform on the Green Economy aimed at stimulating green growth and development.
The multi-stakeholder platform will be a forum for dialogue, information sharing and coordinating action on issues such as green financing, climate change, green jobs, and the sustainable exploitation of the country’s oil and gas resources.
The announcement came during the Green Economy Days event in Dakar (February 20-21) organized by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE) and the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE).
Participants from the Senegalese government, local authorities, civil society, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and academic institutions focused on the following issues and made several recommendations during the event:
- Skills for Green Jobs
- The circular economy
- The Economic, Social and Environmental Council’s view on the green economy
- The exploitation of oil and gas
- PAGE, Agenda 2030 and Climate Agenda
- Green economy modeling (model T21)
- Financing arrangements for green initiatives
R1: Obtain the technical and financial support of PAGE for the platform and the implementation of its priority action plan;
R2: Integrate the territorial approach in the promotion of the green economy;
R3: Sustainably support the transition to a green economy and “green” sectors, and develop curricula adapted to the glaring need for green jobs in all sectors of the Senegalese economy;
R4: Finalize the PPP program in D3E and plastic waste and submit to donors;
R5: Take into account the public purchase offer as an important part of the circular economy;
R6: Translate the recommendations of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council on green economy into action plans and have certain activities carried out by the platform;
R7: Conduct complementary sociological and anthropological studies to support the exploitation of oil and gas resources;
R8: Ensure a just transition by supporting states with the tools for the social, economic and environmental assessment of climate change impacts;
R9: Update of the green economy assessment report to be reflected in PSE 2;
R10: Develop incentives to support green initiatives (taxation, access to land, and finance);
R11: Combine technical training and green entrepreneurship training.