African Forum

African Forum on Green Economy: Investing in Natural Capital for a Resilient Africa

1st – 2nd April 2020, Kampala, Uganda

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.

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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Forum Partners

This project is managed by the Natural Capital Coalition on behalf of Economics for Nature, and is supported by IUCN Uganda Country Office. Economics for Nature is a six year programme of work being led by the Green Economy Coalition and its partners, Finance Watch, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, the Natural Capital Coalition and WWF France. The overarching aim of Economics for Nature is to support development, economic and spatial planning processes to internalise the many values of nature. This work is funded by MAVA Foundation.

The event is supported by ACODE Uganda, Balfour Beatty, Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network, Gaberone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa, Green Growth Knowledge Partnership, Natural Eco Capital Nigeria,  UNEP-WCMC and Vital Signs Uganda.