African NCA Community of Practice Webinar: Protecting East Africa's Natural Capital: The Cost of Inaction
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, 30 September 2021 at 12:00 pm GMT/UTC (8:00 am EDT, 14:00 CET/CAT, 15:00 EAT)
Presented by: The Economics of Natural Capital in East Africa Program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
A new report — Protecting Natural Capital in East Africa: The Cost of Inaction — presents one of the most comprehensive assessments to date of the economic value of East Africa’s natural resources. This includes its soils, water, forests, savannas, plains, wetlands, and wildlife — all of which are fundamental to the region’s economic and human well-being.
The report demonstrates how failing to protect this natural capital in four key landscapes will cost the region more than $10.9 billion per year over the next few decades. It outlines how the region’s most important natural assets cross national boundaries and makes an urgent plea to Partner States to increase collaboration on conservation and sustainable development.
The study was prepared with support from the USAID Kenya and East Africa Mission (USAID/KEA) by Environmental Incentives, LLC and Anchor Environmental Consultants (Pty) Ltd. in partnership with the East African Community (EAC) as a part of the Natural Capital in East Africa Program. Together, they solicited input from national policymakers in all six countries, including Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, as well as other public and private sector leaders at the local, national, and regional levels.
This webinar will provide an overview of the preliminary findings and then solicit input from attendees on (1) the utility of the data and any questions or gaps, and (2) strategies or policy recommendations to improve evidence-based decision making around the stewardship of natural capital.
Chair/Moderator: Peter Katanisa, Africa NCA CoP Coordinator
Welcome remarks: Iain G. Shuker, Practice Manager, Environment, Natural resources and Blue Economy, World Bank
Program overview: Chihenyo Kangara, Regional Climate Change & Resilience Specialist Environment Office, USAID Kenya & East Africa
Presentation: Findings from the assessment of four transboundary landscapes and implications for policymakers, the private sector, communities, and other stakeholders.
Speaker: Nick Oguge, Chief of Party, USAID Economics of Natural Capital in East Africa Program (https//enviroincentives.com/team/nicholas-oguge)