SENEGAL

JOINED PAGE IN 2014

PAGE country stories Senegal

 

In recent years, Senegal has established itself as one of West Africa’s key economic hubs and, in the process, made significant strides towards improving the well-being of its population. Nevertheless, with approximately 50% of its territory classified as semi-arid, the country is especially vulnerable to climate change, which is expected to intensify environmental threats such as desertification and water scarcity. As a considerable share of the population depends heavily on natural capital for their livelihood, committing to a green and inclusive economy is key to developmental success.

Recognizing the importance of sustainable development, in 2014, Senegal adopted the “Plan Senegal Emergent” (PSE), outlining a new development model designed to accelerate its progress towards emerging market status and facilitate its transition to a green economy in the mid to long-term. In addition to the PSE, Senegal made further progress in reframing its economic policy around sustainability with the adoption of a National Strategy for Sustainable Development in 2015.

In this context, the Senegalese Ministry of Environment requested PAGE support in early 2014. PAGE intervention has since focused on the operationalization of the PSE and its five-year Priority Action Plan (PAP 2014-2018).  PAGE work has mainly supported two pillars of the PSE of particular relevance to a green economy transition namely “Structural Transformation of the Economy and Growth” and “Human Capital, Social Protection and Sustainable Development.

PAGE activities in Senegal are contributing to the achievement of SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals).

More (from GGKP)

 

PAGE'S WORK IN SENEGAL

PROGRESS 2016                    |                    PROGRESS 2017

 

LATEST ACTIVITY

SenegalApril 2018 - The Ministry of Environment requested PAGE support on a green bonds initiative currently under development with the Ministry of Economy and Finance. PAGE, in collaboration with UNEP FI, is exploring how to best support this government initiative, and has held an initial call with the government and green bonds expert Climate Bonds Initiative.

INTEGRATION OF INCLUSIVE GREEN ECONOMY (IGE) GOALS & TARGETS INTO SDG ALIGNED NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING

INTEGRATION OF INCLUSIVE GREEN ECONOMY (IGE) GOALS & TARGETS INTO SDG ALIGNED NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING

In an attempt to secure widespread institutional backing as well as provide clear common direction to transition efforts, PAGE has supported the integration of inclusive green economy goals and targets within the national institutional framework.

As a critical first step, PAGE provided assistance with a green economy assessment study in order to outline priority issues and build a roadmap for potential reform. An additional green economy assessment is currently underway to account for the new phase of the Plan Senegal Emergent.

Beyond the PSE, which already acknowledged green economy as a strategic objective, PAGE has helped cement the position of green economy in Senegal by providing technical advisory support for the formulation of a National Strategic Orientation Document on Green Economy aimed at members of Parliament and members of the National Economic, Social and Environmental Council.

PAGE support has also notably paved the way for integration of green economy objectives into thematic national strategy policy instruments such as the New National Employment Policy for 2015-2019 among others.

EVIDENCE-BASED SECTORAL AND THEMATIC REFORMS

EVIDENCE-BASED SECTORAL AND THEMATIC REFORMS

At the sectoral and thematic level, PAGE identified four main areas of action, aligned with the priorities of the PSE and equally consistent with the findings of the green economy assessment: entrepreneurship development for job creation and self-employment; waste management; energy efficiency and local material development for social housing and the construction industry; and greening industry.

PAGE has assisted Senegal with efforts to promote green jobs as a means to stimulate synergies between environmental sustainability and social inclusiveness. Support has centered on the formulation of a National Green Jobs Strategy and its operationalization, which has notably involved building partnerships with a variety of public and private stakeholders, delivering workshops on monitoring capabilities, developing green business development tools for SMEs and exploring green job potential relative to vulnerable groups.

PAGE has engaged in efforts to promote resource efficiency and sound management of natural capital. Technical advisory support was provided to Senegal relative to the sustainable management of oil and gas resources as well as the sustainable use of funds deriving from their exploitation. PAGE has also assisted the government in relation to the design of technical norms and standards on sustainable construction materials and energy efficiency.

Finally, PAGE has collaborated with the government on green industry in order to facilitate sustainable structural transformation, providing support with a green industry sectoral assessment and the development of recommendations for an action plan towards green industrialization.

INDIVIDUAL, INSTITUTIONAL AND PLANNING CAPACITIES STRENGTHENED

INDIVIDUAL, INSTITUTIONAL AND PLANNING CAPACITIES STRENGTHENED

In order to foster a favorable environment for a sound green economy transition, PAGE work has involved considerable effort to raise awareness and build capacity relative to green economy concepts, tools and methods among governmental actors as well as within the private sector and civil society.

PAGE has for instance provided institutional capacity development support to a national network of cooperatives active in the field of waste management; held Training of Trainers sessions on green entrepreneurship; and delivered workshops to local communities on issues such as local material construction. PAGE involvement has also helped advance the establishment of a national platform on green economy in order to bridge knowledge gaps and fill training needs. 

Considering the importance of finance in the transition process, PAGE is also notably currently involved in talks with the government to support the development of a capacity-building program on various funding mechanisms, with particular emphasis on green bonds.