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Senegal’s Plan Senegal Emergent outlines a development model to facilitate its transition to a green economy.

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, Senegal requested PAGE support in early 2014, with assistance focusing on 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 have become specific areas of attention.

Throughout the course of the partnership with PAGE, there have been a number of achievements in Senegal including the integration of Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) principles into national policies; shaping sectoral and thematic reforms across green jobs, sustainable construction, waste management, green industry and sustainable use of revenues from oil and gas; and fostering ingenuity and entrepreneurship to support green growth. In turn, this has contributed to the achievement of several SDGs, including SDGs 4, 5, 8, 9, 12 and 17. 

To promote the integration of green economy within the economic recovery process, Senegal developed a proposal for additional funding for green recovery work in 2020. Through this work, PAGE will aid in embedding green economy principles within ongoing economic recovery processes, notably the adjustment of the Priority Action Plan of the second phase of the Plan Senegal Emergent Priority Action Programme (PAP). To inform the process, PAGE will be partnering with the Economic, Social and Environment Council to develop a green recovery strategic orientation document focused on green taxation, sustainable public procurement, and youth entrepreneurship. Stakeholders and the media will also be mobilized in the dissemination of the policy orientation document and green recovery response measuresAdditionally, and in line with Senegal’s recovery plans, PAGE will provide technical support to sectoral programmes targeting the sustainable management of forests and the plastics recycling sector, as well as in the development of a sustainable public procurement system to further support the greening of the recovery.  

  • 2014

    The Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE) adopted, together with its five-year Priority Action Plan (PAP 2014-2018)

    PAGE work commenced following request from the Ministry of Environmental and Sustainable Development

  • 2015

    National Strategy for Sustainable Development adopted

    Green industry sectoral assessment and action plan towards green industrialisation developed

    First edition of the Green Economy Days in Senegal held

    National Green Jobs Strategy formulated and operationalised

  • 2016

    National Strategic Orientation Document on Green Economy, together with supporting action plan formulated

    First National Academy on Green Economy held

  • 2017

    Workshop held by the GERME programme to build a pool of trainers providing business development services to green entrepreneurs

  • 2018

    Development of the PSE II and second PAP to span 2019-2023

    National Platform for Green Economy and related Action Plan launched at PAGE supported Green Economy Days

    Workshop convened fostering the integration of the National Strategy on Green Jobs into the new National Employment Policy

    PAGE partnership launched with Ecole Nationale d’Administration to train high-ranking government officials

  • 2019

    National Strategy for the Promotion of Green Jobs (2015-2020) recognised by the World Future Council

    Training workshop on green bonds supported by PAGE

    Senegal enters final year of PAGE support, with sustainability strategy developed

  • 2020

    Third edition of the National Green Economy Days held in Dakar 

    Decree establishing the organizational modalities of the national platform on the green economy signed by the Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development 

    Three sub-regional exchange webinars held for West Africa on green economy and climate change, jointly by PAGE and UN CC:Learn 

    Rapid assessments of the waste management market in Senegal 

  • Green Economy Days

    Senegal’s third edition of the National Green Economy Days gathered key stakeholders on 11 and 12 February 2020 in Dakar. Organized by the […]

  • A National Platform for Green Economy

    Following the Green Economy Days, the Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development signed a Decree on 20 May, which […]

  • Waste management

    In June 2020, the ILO and WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing) launched a rapid assessment of the waste […]

  • Facilitating sub-regional exchange on green economy and climate change

    PAGE has supported the West African Regional Learning Platform on Climate Change, a programme initiated by UN CC:Learn in collaboration […]

  • Renewable energy training for Mékhé women

    Led by UNDP, PAGE conducted a three-day training workshop from 11-13 December 2020 for Mékhé women on renewable energy, to help […]

  • National Policymaking

    National Policymaking

    PAGE has supported the integration of green economy into national policies through multi-stakeholder collaboration and knowledge development. Beyond the executive branch of government, parliamentarians, local mayors and members of different high councils mandated by the President have engaged in PAGE work.

  • Sectoral Reform

    Sectoral and Thematic Reform

    PAGE identified four priority areas aligned with the Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE), backed by the findings of the original Green Economy Assessment from 2013. These are outlined below, with additional information related to entrepreneurship included under Strengthening Capacity.

  • Strengthening Capacity

    Strengthening Capacity

    In particular, Senegal showcases a successful example of an institutional approach to training green entrepreneurs through a training of trainers programme, run with local partners with a proven multiplier effect.

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