On June 03, GGGI organized a panel discussion on ‘Green Cities for Sustainable Development in Senegal’ in partnership with the Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE) as part of a World Environment Day celebration. The panel was also supported by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Centre de Suivi Ecologique-CSE, the National Program for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.
Every year the World Environment Day is organized around a theme to attract the attention of the public on environmental concerns particularly urgent and this year the theme ‘Connect people with nature’, is an invitation to a more harmonious life with nature to sustain the services it provides to humanity.
The Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE) in collaboration with the Association of the Institute’s Graduates Students (ADISE) co-organized with GGGI a conference at the University Cheikh Anta Diop on the theme “Green cities for sustainable development in Senegal: case of the urban pole of Diamniadio” in an attempt to reframe the theme to Senegal context.
The panel’s objective was to communicate and raise awareness on the challenges of green cities and promote sustainable development in Senegal. The purpose was also to make the university community understand the issue of green cities, in particular students. The latter will be the leaders of tomorrow and constitute good vectors of awareness. Through this conference-debate, GGGI had the opportunity once again to raise awareness and strengthen the human responsibility in the protection of the environment.
Mr. Mahamadou Tounkara, Country Representative of GGGI moderated the panel of four specialists from GGGI, UN-Habitat, ENDA Energy and the National Agency for Eco-Villages. Several presentations were made on (i) Development of green cities in Senegal; (ii) Energy and citizenship transition for green cities; (iii) Sustainable cities and the new urban agenda; and (iv) the National Agency of Eco-Villages’ vision on green cities.
The presentations sessions were followed by a lively debate and Q&A which highlighted several major issues, including:
- Strengthening stakeholder engagement
- Social cohesion and behavior change to succeed in greening cities
- Transforming environmental and energy constraints into economic opportunities and job creation
- Government leadership and ownership of the policy changes
- Increasing private sector participation
- South-south collaboration for knowledge sharing
- Importance of the roles of universities and research centers in the innovations and technology development.