The European Business Council for Africa

Climate change is already impacting Africa disproportionately, and will continue to do so, primarily by affecting the sectors that are key to the livelihoods of vulnerable communities, such as agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. Protecting natural areas and providing access to energy and quality infrastructure remain challenging in many countries on the continent, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. The green growth approach is seen as a viable model for the delivery of climate-resilient and climate-compatible growth that ensures sustainable consumption and production patterns. As income and gender inequalities remain a significant barrier to achieving overall human development despite increases in average GDP per capita in many African countries, the green growth model is also pursued as a way to achieve inclusive growth by creating green and decent jobs; providing better basic services including access to energy, drinking water, and sanitation; closing the digital divide; improving air quality; and contributing to climate action simultaneously. Ensuring climate-compatible economic growth is especially crucial on a continent poised to become the growth frontier of the world; it currently hosts six of the top ten fastest-growing economies and its young and increasingly urban population will grow to 2.2 billion by 2030.


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