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Following a green approach to closing Africa’s huge infrastructure gap can create public and private value with co-benefits across a diverse range of stakeholders and goals, says Linus Mofor, Senior Environmental Affairs Officer for Energy, Infrastructure and Climate Change at the ECA’s African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC).
In remarks at an event at the just-ended Global Green Growth Week 2017, which was held under the theme “Unlocking Africa’s green growth potential”, Mofor presented the Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility (AFRI-RES) – a joint initiative of the ECA, the World Bank, the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and the Nordic Development Fund, that is hosted in the ACPC, as an example of how infrastructure can be made greener.
He said AFRI-RES was put in place with the aim of strengthening the capacity of African institutions, as well as the private sector to plan, design and implement infrastructure investments that are resilient to climate variability and change in selected sectors.
“Thus enabling those investments to reap the resilience dividend,” said Mr. Mofor, adding such a facility can assist authorities to make good infrastructure investment decisions to ensure performance and return on investment in a changing climate.
He said greening infrastructure means ensuring resource efficiency to reduce the intensity of inputs and emission; compliance with environmental safeguards and standards to ensure environmental and social sustainability; and resilience to natural disasters, as well as weather and climate change and variability.
The event titled; “The What, Why and How of Making the Transformation of Africa’s Infrastructure Greener”, was organized by the ECA in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute and Dalberg as part of the Global Green Growth Week 2017.