African NCA Community of Practice Webinar: Botswana - Using NCA data to inform sectoral policies/strategies and monitor SDGs
The webinar is part of a series under the Africa Natural Capital Accounting Community of Practice organized in cooperation between UNSD and the World Bank Global Program on Sustainability, the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, the Conservation International and the Capitals Coalition.
Date and time: Thursday, 25 February 2021 at 14:00 - 15:30 GMT / 9:00 - 10:30 EST
Botswana has embraced NCA following the outcome of the Gaborone Declaration of Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) in 2012. Since then, a decision was made at highest policy level to prioritize NCA for water, mineral and energy resources, including compilation of macroeconomic indicators of sustainable development. A scoping exercise to develop ecosystem accounts was carried out in 2014 which prioritized the initial development of SEEA-compliant Tourism Satellite Account. Capacity building and a process to institutionalize the accounts was led by Government, with support from the World Bank through the WAVES Global Partnership programme. Botswana, like many other African countries, is endowed with a variety of natural resources, especially minerals, and a rich biodiversity which had significantly contributed to the country’s sustained economic growth and socio-economic development.
As one of the five piloted WAVES countries to implement NCA in 2012, Botswana has made remarkable progress in terms of natural capital accounts compilation and annual report updates and the dissemination of key policy massages to different stakeholders. Although at different stages of maturity, the NCA data from water and energy accounts have shown great potential to impact significantly in monitoring the implementation of one or two natural capital related SDGs.
This webinar will showcase the country’s experience of using NCA data to inform key sectoral policies and strategies that have economic bearing on sustainable management of the key natural resources responsible for economic prosperity.
Webinar Chair: Africa Eshogba Olojoba, Practice Manager East and Southern Africa Region, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank
1. Introductory remarks: Africa Olojoba
2. Presentation: Water Accounts
- Trend of results
- Summary of policy messages
- Linkage to ongoing water sector strategies
- SDG 6 applications
Speaker: Mr. Ogopotse B. Pule, Principal Water Resource Engineer II, Department of Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Lands, Water and Sanitation Services, Botswana
3. Presentation: Energy Accounts
- Summary of key policy messages
- Linkage to Energy policy and other sectoral strategies
- SDG 7 applications
Speaker: Anne K. Leipego, Principal Energy Officer (Head of Statistics Section) at the Department of Energy, Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security
4. Presentation: Mineral/Fiscal Indicators of Sustainable Development
Speaker: Mr. Edwin M. Itshekeng, Chief Economist, Macroeconomic Policy Section, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.
5. Moderated discussion - All speakers
6. Open Q&A