Environment and development

Workshop on Development Co-operation and the Environment - Engaging the private sector for green growth and climate change (1 March 2016)

 

Overview

There is increased recognition across the development co-operation community of the critical role private sector actors can play in delivering effective development co-operation – as drivers of inclusive, green growth in developing countries, as a source of investment in clean, resilient infrastructure, as leaders in innovation in clean technologies and resource efficiency, and as promoters of green supply chains and green business models.

Within this context, the DAC Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) and Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Green Growth Working Group organised a one day workshop to discuss the opportunities and challenges in successfully engaging the private sector in environment-related development activities.

The workshop brought together government practitioners and experts who work on environment and private sector engagement within the context of development, to share experience and insights on the following themes:

  • Leveraging investment for low carbon and climate related infrastructure
  • Enabling SMEs to act on climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Public-private partnerships to promote sustainable forest management and enhance natural capital

The specific objectives of the workshop were to: establish a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges in engaging the private sector in the above areas; and to identify potential for collaboration in order to scale up private sector engagement activities for environmental sustainability. The results of the workshop will be used to identify areas where further analytical work and dialogue is needed to influence development policies, practice and programming.

Content

Agenda

Session 2: Overview of development co-operation and private sector engagement for green growth and climate change

Session 3: Leveraging private sector investment for low carbon and climate resilient infrastructure

Session 4: Enabling SMEs to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation

Session 5: Partnering with the private sector to promote sustainable forest management and enhance natural capital

Overview of programmes showcased

Summary Record 

Session 2: Overview of development co-operation and private sector engagement for green growth and climate change

This session provided an overview of development co-operation provider efforts to engage the private sector on environment related activities, and laid the foundations for discussions later in the day. 

Naeeda Crishna Morgado, OECD DAC ENVIRONET Secretariat

Mick Blowfield, International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED)

 

Session 3: Leveraging private sector investment for low carbon and climate resilient infrastructure

This session showcased examples of how development providers have successfully mobilised private investment for low carbon and climate resilient infrastructure projects. Speakers from the EU, Nordic Development Fund and Proparco introduced different instruments and approaches that are being used to mobilise private finance.

Alessandra Spinelli, EC DG International Cooperation and Development

Charles Wetherill, Nordic Development Fund

Emmanuel Haye, Proparco

 

Session 4: Enabling SMEs to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation

This panel discussion showcased examples of how development co-operation is promoting green SME development. Speaker presentations by AFD, GIZ and the International Trade Center introduced efforts to upgrade skills and build capacity for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and incentivise SMEs to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Céline Bernadat, Agence Française de Développement

Angelika Frei-Oldenburg, GIZ

Alexander Kasterine, Intrenatioanl Trade Center (ITC)

 

Session 5: Partnering with the private sector to promote sustainable forest management and enhance natural capital

Speakers from UNEP, UNDP and the Moringa Partnership showcased how private sector actors are engaging with development providers to promote sustainable forest management and enhance natural capital and ecosystem services in developing countries.

Jacinto Coello, UNEP Finance Initiative

Clement Chenost, Moringa Partnership

Alice Ruhweza, UNDP

 

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