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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

International Conference on Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy (VANTAGE) in Africa

3-4 December 2013 | UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
 
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Highlights for Wednesday, 4 December 2013

On Wednesday, 4 December, delegates to the International Conference on Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy (VANTAGE) in Africa convened for a high level policy forum at UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Following opening remarks by Stephen Wainaina, Economic Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Kenya, and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, delegates listened to a keynote address by Partha Dasgupta, University of Cambridge, UK.

During the remainder of the day, delegates participated in a policy dialogue on VANTAGE and considered key issues related to valuation and accounting of natural capital for a green economy. Ministers from Egypt and Rwanda presented on their countries' approach to valuation and accounting of natural capital and discussed how their countries incorporate valuation and natural capital accounting into development strategies. Participants also heard a video message from Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

In the afternoon, delegates considered a draft outcome document that identifies remaining challenges in implementing VANTAGE in Africa and includes recommendations for how to overcome these challenges. During the discussion, delegates recommended making explicit linkages between VANTAGE and poverty alleviation, noting tackling poverty remains a priority for Africa.

In a plenary discussion on the way forward, participants stressed the importance of ensuring that data and information are useful for policy analysis.

Please return to this webpage on 6 December 2013 for the summary of the VANTAGE meeting.

VANTAGE participants pose for a group photo
 
OPENING SESSION OF THE HIGH-LEVEL POLICY FORUM ON VANTAGE
 
   
Nick Nuttall, Director, Division of Communication and Public Information, UNEP, Master of Ceremonies of the
opening session of the VANTAGE High-Level Policy Forum
   
 
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, delivering his opening statement to the VANTAGE High-Level
Policy Forum
 
 
Stephen Wainaina, Economic Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and
Planning, Kenya
 
Pushpam Kumar, Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, DEPI,
UNEP
 
 
View of VANTAGE participants to the High-Level Policy Forum
 
L-R: Amb. Martin Kimani, Kenya Permanent Mission to UNEP and UN-HABITAT; Bernard Ndombi
Okumu
, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Kenya; and Stephen Wainaina, Economic
Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Kenya
 
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
 
   
Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Cambridge, UK
   
 
POLICY DIALOGUE ON VANTAGE
 
   
L-R: Belete Tafere, Minister of Environment and Forests, Ethiopia; Caroline Kayonga, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of
Natural Resources, Rwanda; and Laila Rashed Iskandar, Minister of Environment, Egypt
   
 
CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, delivering his statement via video
 
 
Laila Rashed Iskandar, Minister of Environment, Egypt
 
Caroline Kayonga, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural
Resources, Rwanda
 
 
Presentation by Laila Rashed Iskandar, Minister of Environment, Egypt
 
Andrew Mutaba Mwali, Deputy Minister,
Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and
Environmental Protection, Zambia
 
Mohamed Halifa, Delegate in charge of
Agriculture and Fisheries with the Vice-
Presidency in charge of the Ministry of
Production, Environment, Energy, Industry
and Handicrafts, Comoros
 
Pohamba Shifeta, Deputy Minister,
Ministry of Environment and Tourism,
Namibia
 
 
L-R: Martin Nowack, GIZ, Germany, in discussion with Olimpio Nhuleipo, Namibia
 
Glenn-Marie Lange, WAVES, World Bank, in conversation with Jean-Louis Weber, European Environment Agency Scientific Committee
 
 
THE WAY FORWARD
 
   
Belete Tafere, Minister of Environment and Forests, Ethiopia, presented the draft
recommendations to the VANTAGE plenary
   
 
   
L-R: Caroline Kayonga, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources, Rwanda, and Makiko Yashiro, UNEP
   
 
Robert Costanza, Australian National
University
 
Philip Bankole, Nigeria
 
Keita Fatoumata Boukenem, Mali
 
Kenyi Bullen Baggu, South Sudan
 
Mohamed Adel Souiden, Tunisia
 
Kevin Saukila, Malawi
 
 
   
L-R: Ivo Havinga, UN Statistics Division; Glenn-Marie Lange, WAVES, World Bank; and Pushpam Kumar, UNEP
   
 
 
Ivo Havinga, UN Statistics Division
 
Glenn-Marie Lange, WAVES, World Bank
 
 
   
Pushpam Kumar, UNEP, led further discussions on the draft outcome document
   
 
George Michael Sikoyo, East African
Community, Lake Victoria Basin Commission
Secretariat
 
Mamoudou Hamadou, Niger
 
Cherif Mohamed Habib Kane, Mauritania
 
Kebba Sonko, the Gambia
 
VANTAGE SNAPSHOTS
 
L-R: Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP; Ida Kubiszewski, Australian National University; and Neeyati Patel, UNEP
 
   
L-R: Eric Mungatana, UNEP; Beth Mbote, UNEP; Sun Cho, UNEP; Ivo Havinga, UNSD; Partha Dasgupta, University
of Cambridge, UK; Pushpam Kumar, UNEP; Makiko Yashiro, UNEP; Simon Martin, UNEP; and Ersin Esen, UNEP
   
 
VANTAGE press conference
 
 
L-R: Wilfrida Omenda, UNON; Makiko Yashiro, UNEP; and Rudy
van Dyk
, UNON
 
L-R: Beth Mbote, UNEP; Sun Cho, UNEP; and Wilfrida Omenda, UNON
 
 
PHOTOS FROM THE VANTAGE RECEPTION HOSTED BY UNEP, AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION (AUC)
AND THE GOVERNMENT OF KENYA
 
 
 
 
 
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*Conference agenda

*Conference concept note

*Background report on VANTAGE

*The Gaborone Declaration


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