Achieving outcome 2

To achieve the targets under outcome 2, PAGE supports countries and provinces with sectoral and thematic diagnostics, assessments, and policy analysis, and with advisory support integrated into the design and advancement of sectoral and thematic policies, strategies and plans.

The mobilization of partners to support IGE transformation, including donors, international organizations, civil society, academic and research institutions, and the private sector, has been another key area of support.

To summarize the progress of the achievements of outcome 2 so far by end of 2017:

  • 14 policies in total were adopted or are in the process of being adopted, of which 3 have started implementation, that support IGEInclusive Green Economy priorities in PAGE countries. In 2017, an additional 2 policies started implementation, 1 policy was adopted, and 2 policies were in the adoption process.
  • 31 reports (6 additional reports in 2017) completed, providing sectoral or thematic IGEInclusive Green Economy diagnostics, assessments, and policy analysis.
  • 56 consultations (27 additional consultations in 2017) were held to share results of sectoral policy analysis.
  • 16 partners (7 additional partners in 2017) formally agreed to co-financing, complementary follow-up programming, pledges, PPPs etc.

In-country activities in the following countries support the achieving of PAGE outcome 2:

Mongolia

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

PAGE has supported partner ministries in advancing policy development and reform in specific sectors and thematic areas identified by the Government of Mongolia including green buildings and construction (with a focus on schools), sustainable public procurement, waste management, and trade and sustainable finance.

The support has been provided in the form of:

  • policy and market assessments
  • high level stakeholder engagement
  • capacity building
  • knowledge product generation including feasibility studies
  • the establishment of multi-stakeholder consultations, national alliances and working groups on relevant topics
  • the execution of expert workshops.

Peru

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

The sectoral reform process was further advanced where PAGE supported implementation of sectoral policies. Priority sectors targeted for this reform included green industry development, waste management, forest management, sustainable trade and green jobs (specifically around teleworking). PAGE also developed a study on water management and its impacts on the competitiveness and sustainability of the agricultural sector in the Peruvian coast.

PAGE  support has been provided in the form of policy assessments, high level stakeholder engagements, capacity building, knowledge product generation, consultations and dialogues, and garnering partnership support including the establishment of co-funding with key partners.

Senegal

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

At the sectoral and thematic level PAGE has identified four main areas of action (i) entrepreneurship development for job creation and self-employment; (ii) waste management; (iii) energy efficiency and local material development for social housing and construction industry; and (iv) greening industry.

Activities in 2017 consisted in advancing work in these areas in partnerships with other programmes, making PAGE a convening and catalysing platform for green economy initiatives in Senegal. For example, PAGE has provided capacity building for waste management cooperatives, furthered national dialogue around green industry, initiated knowledge sharing experiences of other countries around the sustainable used of funds from oil and gas, held consultations and provided technical input into Senegals national strategy on green jobs and supported the finalisation of training resources on green entrepreneurship.

Ghana

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

In 2017, PAGE advanced workstreams in green finance, green industry and entrepreneurship, and green economy learning. These work streams support the achievement of the national development priorities, as well as key government policies such as One District, One Factory.

For its work in green finance, PAGE has initiated a PAGE has initiated a study on green finance and participated as a panelist at the Green Finance Conference in November 2017. In terms of green industry, PAGE initiated work based on the four high priority recommendations of the Green Industry and Trade Assessment (GITA) endorsed by government partners at a validation workshop for the assessment.

For green jobs, PAGE is supporting the global review of skills for green jobs with focus on Ghana. Work has begun to undertake the assessment. The outcome of the assessment will lead to targeted entrepreneurship development and training in 2018. Also capacity building has been given to relevant national counterparts to advance green economy learning.

Mauritius

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

To support sectoral and thematic reforms, PAGE has assisted Mauritius on the execution and finalisation of a public environment expenditure review (PEER), an industrial waste assessment (IWA), and a fiscal policy study (with earlier support from a UN Environment project).

The PEER evaluated how environmental expenditures are integrated into the national medium term expenditure framework and sector budgetary process. It makes recommendations towards a more efficient approach to planning and budgetary processes, a sustainable environmental policy framework and related legislation necessary for the transition to a green economy. Based on the recommendations of the PEER, PAGE is supporting the government to introduce climate finance tracking tools within the budget process and the Treasury Accounting System.

The aim of the IWA is to stimulate industrial symbiosis through the establishment of recycling activities and a circular economy. The assessment was endorsed by the Cabinet in 2017, and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection is taking forward the recommendations of the assessment.

In 2017, the Stock Exchange of Mauritius requested PAGE support for green bonds market development, with a focus on building capacity among green bond verifiers. Training and awareness raising activities are planned for 2018 to enable the issuance of green bonds on the Mauritius Stock Exchange.

Burkina Faso

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

In support of sector and thematic reforms in Burkina Faso, PAGE, with support from PEI, has supported the execution of a scoping study on Green Fiscal Policy which is now in the final stages of completion. The study, however, is due to be revised in order to provide relevant policy proposals for the new government programme. The findings of the study can be used for inputs to the ongoing PAGE support to integrate IGEInclusive Green Economy into the forthcoming National Green Economy Strategy.

PAGE has also been supporting Burkina Faso in formulating a strategy for developing market access for non-timber forest products (NTFPs) with the aim to make their trade sustainable, efficient, competitive and profitable to the national economy. In 2017 a study on NTFP commercialization was executed and is due to be completed in 2018.

China, Jiangsu Province

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

In 2017, a workshop on “Unlocking South-South Trade in Environmental Goods and Services in Jiangsu” was held in Nanjing with key stakeholders. Through the green trade work stream, new partnerships have been built with the trade and investment community and a platform for experience sharing and peer learning has been provided.

Other 2017 outcomes  include the initiation of dialogue with key stakeholders and the preparation of a report around Green Industry Progress (GIP) and relevant indicators which measure progress of green industry development in Jiangsu province and China. The report is due to be published soon. This GIP work is driven by PAGE, with the support from the Beijing Institute of Technology, which is to complement the Green Economy Progress index for Jiangsu.

South Africa

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

In terms of identifying opportunities for greening sectors, and enhancing the implementation of existing sectoral policies and strategies, PAGE has provided support in the finalisation of South Africa's Green Industry and Trade Assessment (SA-GEITA), conducted in collaboration with Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies. The findings, which were presented at national and regional fora, could inform the implementation of the 2017 edition of South African's Industrial Policy Action Plan.

Additional trade-work related to the identification of product-specific trade opportunities in organic agriculture has also been initiated in 2017. ‘Leveraging Trade in Organic and Biodiversity-based Agricultural Products through South African Value Chains’ will help to strengthen capacity development needed to facilitate the sustainable production and export of organic and biodiversity-based agricultural products. 

Women at work in IT in South Africa

Brazil, Mato Grosso State

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

PAGE supports key opportunity areas identified in the stocktaking exercise and its 2016 inception mission. The current priorities for PAGE underlined by the government include:

(i) family agriculture and extractives

(ii) sustainable tourism

(iii) renewable energy

(iv) spatial land use planning

v) urban planning including sustainable construction.

In 2017, PAGE was busy lining up key activities under these five work streams the majority of which will take place in 2018. PAGE has however already initiated an assessment of the generation capacity of solar energy and energy from biomass, and the existing levels of energy generation from renewables.

Kyrgyz Republic

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

Kyrgyz Republic has identified priority areas for pursuing inclusive economic growth while safeguarding the environment and natural resources. During the inception mission in February 2017, discussions were held on the potential priority areas for sectoral and thematic reform that PAGE could support. These areas are now further analysed and discussed as part of the process for the Green Economy policy document and action plan. 

In 2017, a Green Jobs Skills Assessment has been conducted, including research on skills for green jobs to inform the GE Policy Document and Action Plan.

Looking forward, in 2018 PAGE will support the development of a sustainable finance road map, sustainable public procurement, capacity development on green economy tools and assessments, and policy analysis on green industry.

Barbados

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

The government of Barbados has identified the following sectoral and thematic areas for PAGE support:

  • developing a policy framework for greening the manufacturing sector to mainstream resource efficiency and promote eco-innovation and
  • conducting a green and decent jobs assessment and establish a green skills development support programme.

These thematic and sectoral areas will be further discussed and elaborated during the inception phase of PAGE support.