African Forum on Green Economy

1st – 2nd April 2020, Kampala, Uganda

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Investing in Natural Capital for a Resilient Africa

Of all regions on the planet, Africa faces some of the most material natural capital risks, and yet, some of the most clear and compelling opportunities for green, sustainable growth.

Fast growing sectors such as agriculture, forestry, infrastructure and others face significant risks from climate change, biodiversity loss and resource scarcity. Businesses across the continent will need better information to understand these risks, and to respond in a sustainable way.

Investors also need to better understand their opportunities and risk profiles in emerging African markets, and policymakers need to identify and enact smart legislation that provides natural, social and economic benefits for maximum sustainable growth.

To provide the information necessary to inform this better decision making, we need:

  • An honest and practical conversation about how businesses and countries can invest in their natural capital for sustainable yet profitable growth
  • Robust and accessible data on how the state of natural capital affects the profitability and risk-exposure of operations and investments using insights such as national natural capital accounts.
  • Collaboration and shared learnings on how to initiate and scale green, economic investments that are practical and effective, with benefits for multiple stakeholders.
  • Strong, international agendas and networks that incentivize and embed greener economic decision-making.

Institutions across the continent will need the information and incentive to respond to these changes in a sustainable way. The Forum will help all stakeholders anticipate and prepare for risks and opportunities, and propose collaborative ways forward.

What makes this Forum different?

This forum builds connections between people and concepts, with a focus on practicality.

By combining green economy and natural capital principles and networks, we can better inspire and innovate for meaningful outcomes. This is a shared opportunity to redefine sustainable economic growth where all business, financial institutions, governments and civil society organizations play a critical role.

The Forum invites all stakeholders to discuss how we can each play a role in greener, economic decision making.

“Fast growing sectors such as agriculture, forestry, infrastructure and others face significant risks from climate change, biodiversity loss and resource scarcity. Businesses across the continent will need better information to understand these risks, and to respond in a sustainable way.”

Content of the Forum

Day 1: The business case

  • Taking stock: Assessing economic and environmental trends across the continent, and what this means for sectors and investors in 2020.

  • Sector Deep-dives: A closer look at the water and agricultural sectors, with case studies and discussion.

  • Development finance: Perspectives from development finance on the greatest risks and opportunities.

  • Learning session: Exploring what green economic decision-making looks like in practice.

Day 2: Taking action

  • 2020: A Super-Year for Africa: How international processes can change expectations.

  • Sector Deep-dives:Deep-dive into the infrastructure sector, with case studies and discussion.

  • Data and insights: Where to find the information needed.

  • Perspectives from commercial finance on the incentives for financing greener markets.

  • Next steps and action: How to continue sharing and innovating green economic solutions across the continent.

More agenda details will be announced in coming weeks.

Who will attend?

Participation is open to representatives all African countries, as well as from other continents looking for best practice. We welcome all stakeholders including business, the financial sector, public policy, civil society, academia and others; whether you are new to natural capital and green economy approaches or whether you are experienced and want to share your work.

Note that English-French translation will be provided throughout.

Registration is free.

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