05 Jul 2018

Measuring Progress towards Green Economy in South Africa

14-16 May 2018, Pretoria, South Africa – The Government of South Africa identified the establishment of a national green economy progress framework as a priority focus area for PAGE’s support. To advance the establishment of the green economy progress framework, PAGE, the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) of South Africa jointly organized a national training and a stakeholder engagement workshop on indicators for green economy policymaking.

On 14-15 May 2018, PAGE delivered a 2-day training, with participation from monitoring and data professionals from the DPME and the National Statistics Office (StatsSA). The training presented the methodology of PAGE’s Green Economy Progress Measurement (GEP) Framework and discussed its application for policymaking.

The GEP measurement framework measures progress towards implementing most of the Sustainable Development Goals. It includes 14 direct links to 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals (see below). The framework also measures progress in achieving national priorities, where countries are able to customize the framework by choosing their own targets and indicators. Finally, establishing the framework brings transparency and accountability to policymaking, where it measures shortfalls as well as the relative importance of one area of progress with respect to others for informed decision making.