Green Growth has gained significant global momentum in the recent years. The aim of green growth is to support a low carbon development pathway through promoting economic resilience and resource efficiency, sustainable management of natural resources, development of sustainable infrastructure and providing support for social Green growth objectives are also in line with Chapter 8 of Agenda 21 which calls on countries to adopt National Strategies for Sustainable Development (NSDS) that should harmonize country’s economic, social and environmental policies and plans.
As Kenya rises in its economic status, green economy provides opportunities for private sector to contribute to economic development while addressing challenges relating to poverty, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. Already, Kenya has created various frameworks for engagement such as the Kenya Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (2016), the National Climate Change Action Plan (2013-2017), the Climate Change Act (2016). These frameworks provide opportunities Kenya’s transition to low-emission development across sectors and capacity building has been highlighted as one of the conditions necessary for rapid transition to Green Economy (GE). Additionally, Kenya’s current development trajectory spins around the government’s proposed Big Four (4) pillars namely; affordable housing, affordable healthcare, food nutrition and security, and expansion of the manufacturing sector through the private sector can also play a key role
Green growth planning is a positive approach to smartly integrating social inclusion and environmental protection into the planning process. It provides Countries such as Kenya with a framework and process to help them prioritize projects. To support an effective and successful transition to Green Growth in Kenya, it is thus necessary to assess the current status of growth, understand emerging growth patterns and trends and develop strategies that can guide growth to be (at a minimum) efficient and (ideally) bring in a paradigm shift for transformative Green Growth in Kenya.
The workshop was attended by a total of 40 participants including senior officials from Government Ministries and agencies, private sector representatives, NGOs and civil society, sector specialists, academia and others. It took place on 13th September 2018 at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.
The outputs from the workshop included: • A detailed meeting report covering proceedings of the meeting; • A summary of key recommendations including guidelines for strengthening the national planning processes; • Initiated a process for establishing and strengthening communities of practice (Working Groups) to lead the national green growth agenda and guide the process of scaling up of successful experiences and models. • A strategy for scaling up of successful practices, and • A summary of the different capacity building programs of different organization and how this work might be better coordinated.