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Green Economy in Limpopo Province: understanding of the green economy, current practices, challenges and opportunities

22 July 2014
12:30 - 13:30

Speakers: Siyanda Jonas, Economic Performance and Development (EPD), HSRC
Jeff Ogwang, Economic Performance and Development (EPD), HSRC
Dr Charles Nhemachena, Economic Performance and Development (EPD), HSRC

Date: 22 July 2014

Time: 12H15 for 12h30  – 13H30  

Please note that this seminar will continue during load shedding periods – supported by a generator.

The projected investigated the understanding of the green economy, current practices, challenges and opportunities in Limpopo Province of South Africa. The empirical analyses were based on baseline data collected from key informants in Limpopo Provincial, District and Local municipalities as well as document reviews. Findings from engagements with key informants from all the municipalities showed that there is generally wide awareness of the green economy concept across the provincial district and local municipalities in Limpopo Province.

The findings show that there are gaps in terms of information gathering, storage and sharing on green economy activities in the district municipalities and provincial and national departments. The main barriers constraining implementation of green economy activities in the municipalities include: lack of information; shortage of workers with full knowledge on green economy; shortage of training programmes on green economy; and costs of implementation.

The main recommendations from the research include: the need to improve awareness of green economy activities across all levels in the province especially with communities; need for evidence-based research to demonstrate the potential of green economy activities’ contribution to job creation, poverty reduction etc; and training of officials on how the green economy can contribute to addressing developmental challenges such as service delivery, job creation, local economic development and poverty reduction.

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