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2021 Annual Report

South Africa has become one of the largest economies in Africa, benefiting from high levels of industrialization and abundant natural resources. However, economic growth has slowed in recent years, with inequality, poverty, unemployment and exploitation of natural resources increasing. To link economic prosperity with environmental sustainability, the government identified green economy as a national priority beginning in 2010 with its ‘New Growth Path’, followed by a number of commitments,  as in South Africa’s  National Development Plan 2030.

With a comprehensive green economy policy framework already in place when South Africa joined the partnership in 2015, PAGE in South Africa has been structured around improving policy coordination of the existing green economy policies, deepening collaboration between stakeholders and supporting policy implementation.

Achievements to date include a green economy progress measurement framework, social dialogue on Just Transition and contributions towards policy reforms related to green industry, trade, water management and renewable energy.

Following the significant job losses and economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, PAGE conducted rapid modelling to offer insights for potential routes for green recovery and continues to provide technical assistance to green South Africa’s COVID-19 economic recovery packages.

  • Green Recovery

    South Africa’s aims to green its COVID-19 economic recovery packages, fostering green economic opportunities in key economic sectors […]

  • The ‘Perspectives on a Green Technology Gap Analysis Report 2021 — Barrier Analysis and Enabling Environment for Climate […]

  • South Africa participated in a  modelling exercise on post-COVID-19 economic recovery options organized by PAGE and […]

  • PAGE South Africa,  in partnership with GIZ  and  DEFF,  hosted a virtual  Green Jobs for a Better Future Dialogue […]

  • Following a successful 2020 edition, PAGE and South Africa’s Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment […]

  • PAGE South Africa hosted a validation workshop on the Biomaterial Market Demand Study to present and discuss recent […]

  • PAGE supported the Imvelisi African Enviroprenuer programme – a 4-week online bootcamp for young […]

  • A training for the National Treasury and other national partners involved in policymaking took place on 23-26 […]

  • The partnership in South Africa has contributed to progress towards SDGs 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and cut across several other SDGs, including SDGs 4 (Quality Education), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), 10 (Reduced Inequalities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 15 (Life on Land) and 17 (Partnership for the Goals), as well as South Africa’s NDCs.

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