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Title:Green economy readiness in South Africa: a focus on the national sphere of government
Author:Nhamo, GodwellISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:sustainable development
environmental economics
government policy
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18186874.2013.834628
Abstract:Following deliberations to and from Rio+20, the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, there is no doubt the world is set to undertake green economy as a means to attaining sustainable development, poverty eradication, job creation and equity. At the heart of the green economy is the need to address negative impacts associated with climate change. The question this article addresses is to what extent South Africa is green economy ready. Focusing on the national sphere of government, the article concludes that the country has moved swiftly in addressing key readiness parameters, including high-level commitment and stakeholder buy-in, enhancing institutional set-up, developing the necessary legislation, establishing funding mechanisms and having programmes running on the ground. However, more work is still needed in areas such as continued domestication of the understanding on green economy, addressing weak individual and institutional capacity, increasing funding, proliferation of policies, matching national to global interests on green economy, and the role of higher (including further) education. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]