Presentation on theme: "Centre for Global Eco-Innovation Sharing Innovative Solutions in Climate change mitigation in Africa Tim Clarke, Lagos, April 21st 2015."— Presentation transcript:
Centre for Global Eco-Innovation Sharing Innovative Solutions in Climate change mitigation in Africa Tim Clarke, Lagos, April 21st 2015
What a joy to return to Nigeria ! My Nigerian ‘Credentials’. Bespoke Nigerian tailoring
Running a fund-raising raffle in Addis With H.E Olusegun Akinsanya
Are Africans Innovators ? Is there a culture of Innovation in Africa ? Are African Innovators known and respected, both in Africa and elsewhere ? Is there an African Silicon Valley ? How important is Innovation to addressing Climate change issues ? Should Africa have continental and regional Centres for Eco- Innovation ? Should Africa have a Commissioner for Climate Change ?
World’s best known innovators: Steve Jobs, APPLE
New Vision for cities: Gröningen NL 190,000 people, 100 % Renewable by 2035, 75 Businesses
96 % of African agriculture is dependent upon rainfall 80 % of Africa’s population live in rural areas 90 % Natural disasters are Climate-related 94 % domestic energy needs come from biomass (firewood) in countries like Tanzania 50 % Africans live in areas without adequate water – 800 million people by 2025 African Urban pollution ‘exploding’ Africa’s Climate Change challenges
Are current efforts adequate ? Are the policies right ? Are adequate resources being devoted to the issue? Where is change working ? Africa’s Climate Change challenges
Continental Policy level: AUC, AfDB, UN ECA. ClimDev National level : Botswana, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana Local level: Ecovillages in Tanzania, Senegal Africa’s Climate Change challenges; Responses
Does Africa Innovate on Climate Change ? AU Draft Strategy on Climate Change
AU Commissioner Dr Martial De-Paul Ikounga Human Resources, Science and Technology
African Union Climate Change Priorities 4 Strategic priorities covering: Governance Research, Information, Awareness raising Integrate Climate change into Planning Process National/Regional/International Co-operation
AU Strategic objectives Make African Universities Centres of Excellence Mobilise and widen the involvement of..the private sector, civil society, parliamentarians and the Diaspora Forge strong, strategic partnerships and collaboration at bilateral and multilateral levels essential for jointly shared global challenges, driven by shared values and policy objectives …to deliver impact on the ground
‘On the wings of Innovation’ New African strategy up to 2024 (Dec 2014)
David Kaberuka African Development Bank President ‘ investing in people-centred innovation is essential to Africa’s development’
New African Human Capital Strategy AfDB Report May 2014
How it’s being approached in the EU EU as an Innovation Union. Annual EU Innovation summit Horizon 2020 – 3 x previous Budget. € 80 Billion. Plus € 40 Billion in Regional funds for Low Carbon Economy Regional Innovation Strategies (5). Annual Innovation report Create Innovation Partnerships and Regional Excellence Strategies. New initiative on the Circular Economy European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), Budapest, Hungary. Started in 2010. Budget: € 400 million to € 2.6 Billion in 4 years ( x 6 ) ‘we should strive to raise up the next generation of young, talented and dynamic scientists, researchers and innovators…only when we astonish ourselves are we on the right track’.. Commissioner Moedas
Mobilising a powerful movement for economic reform Oliver.greenfield@greeneconomyco alition.org
What are others doing ? Stanford University 41,000 companies, 5 million jobs, $2.7 Trillion/yr
African leadership at the Global level? African nations as drivers of the Green Economy: South African planning to save 250 Billion tonnes of water by 2030, Ethiopia planning to create 60 million Green jobs, Senegal planning to convert 14,000 rural villages into Eco Villages). Invest in eco-innovation and regional eco-innovation hubs, build excellence in Universities, create synergies between Government, SMEs, CSOs. Deepen partnerships, twinning. Set ambitious but realistic goals : Zanzibar target of 100 % renewable energy. Why not ?
Climate - friendly transport solution: Solar-powered camel.
Some Conclusions Africa has already set hugely challenging Climate Change goals and policies. This Summit comes at a time when Lagos, and Nigeria, can show true leadership on the Climate Change agenda, as it did in adopting a defining the continent’s Lagos Plan of Action in April 1980, 35 years ago Africa and its peoples are destined to suffer more than other continents from Climate change, whilst bearing none of the responsibility. Show courage and political leadership. Demonstrate how African wisdom will find solutions.