Senegal has established itself as one of West Africa’s economic hubs and made significant strides towards improving the well-being of its population. But, with approximately 50 per cent of its territory classified as semi-arid, the country is especially vulnerable to climate change. As a large share of the population relies heavily on natural capital for their livelihood, committing to a green economy is key for developmental success.
Senegal adopted the “Plan Senegal Emergent” (PSE) in 2014, bolstered by a National Strategy for Sustainable Development. In this context, the government requested PAGE to support the operationalization of the PSE and its five-year Priority Action Plan (PAP 2014-2018). Since 2018, the PSE II and the second PAP to span 2019-2023 became the area of attention. Over the course of the partnership, PAGE contributed to the integration of Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) principles into the national policies; sectoral and thematic reforms related to green jobs, sustainable construction, waste management, green industry and the sustainable use of revenues from oil and gas; and fostering ingenuity and entrepreneurship to support green growth.
After PAGE started to gradually phase out in 2019, the urgency to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 provided an entry point for PAGE support to the Senegalese economy. Senegal drives economic recovery through the Economic and Social Resilience Programme (PRES) and set new priorities for 2021-2023 in the Programme d’action prioritaire ajusté et accéléré (PAP 2A) of the PSE II. This economic and social revival of the country provides a new opportunity for IGE promotion across all sectors.
Senegal is embedding green economy principles within its on-going recovery efforts, expressed in a ‘Priority Action Plan’ under the Plan Senegal Emergent […]
Embedding Green Economy Principles with the Country’s Priority Action Plan
Senegal is embedding green economy principles within its on-going recovery efforts, expressed in a ‘Priority Action Plan’ under the Plan Senegal Emergent – second phase – ‘Priority Action Programme’ (PAP).
- A green recovery strategic orientation document focused on green taxation, sustainable public procurement and youth entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Economic, Social and Environment Council;
- Mobilization of stakeholders and media for dissemination of the policy orientation document and green recovery response measures;
- Sectoral programmes targeting the sustainable management of forests and the plastics recycling sector; and
- A sustainable public procurement system in support of a green recovery.
The partnership in Senegal has contributed to progress towards SDGs 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 17 (Partnership for the Goals).