Nov 21, 2019

The Africa Regional NCA Policy Forum

Nov 21, 2019
Kampala, Uganda


Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) – also referred to as Environmental-Economic Accounting – has been recognized as an important tool for evidence-based economic planning and development. NCA has been identified as a useful framework for the purpose of monitoring and reporting on the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In Africa, valuing and accounting for natural capital has been ongoing since the late 1980s, with dozens of pilot accounts developed by numerous countries across the region. With NCA now gaining global momentum, countries are exploring more comprehensive pathways to mainstream the results of accounts into decision making.
There are several initiatives that support countries in Africa on NCA, including the World Bank-led Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program and Global Program for Sustainability (GPS); the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD) managed NCAVES; and the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA). Each of these initiatives, as well as many Governments across Africa have shown leadership in this realm.
Recognizing the importance of NCA in measuring progress towards the SDGs, and green economy more broadly, the Secretariat of the GDSA and the World Bank WAVES program, in partnership with the UNSD, held an Africa Regional Policy Forum on November 21, 2019, in Kampala, Uganda. It followed the fourth Forum on Natural Capital Accounting for Better Policy held earlier in that week.
Objectives and Expected Outcomes
The objective of the Africa Forum was to provide a space for countries in Africa to shape a regional Community of Practice on NCA, where participants are encouraged to identify common challenges and opportunities, as well as identify ways in which countries can support each other in mainstreaming natural capital considerations into policy.
Ater meeting on Thursday November 21, 2019 for the first ‘Africa Forum on Natural Capital Accounting’, representatives from 18 African countries committed to create a new Community of Practice on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) in Africa.The day-long forum was co-organized by the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), and the World Bank through its Global Program on Sustainability (GPS). The Government of Uganda hosted the event. 
The Forum’s outcomes include recommendations on how to implement an effective Community of Practice that can contribute to mainstreaming NCA applications in Africa. The outcomes of the Regional Forum have been compiled in a workshop report, which includes the results of the preworkshop Scoping Assessments. This provides a clear baseline of existing NCA work, and helps to identify synergies and areas for collaboration, including a roadmap for the Community of Practice.

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8.30 am - 9.00 am


Tea and coffee

9.00 am -

09.10 am

Session 1. Welcome remarks


Welcome remarks 

  • Benoit Blarel (World Bank)
  • Ruud Jansen (GDSA)
  • Alessandra Alfieri (UNSD)
9.10 am –
9.30 am

Statement by the Government of Uganda



Session 2. Setting the scene – ongoing work across the world and impact of NCA in Africa

9.30 am –
10.15 am

Panel for sharing positive and powerful stories
about how NCA in Africa has influenced
policies and decision-making.
Moderator: Peter Katanisa (World Bank)
  • Sonigitu Asibong Epke (Govt. of Nigeria)
  • Lucy Iyango (Govt. of Uganda)
  • Richard Lungu (Govt. of Zambia)
10.15 am –
10.30 am

Natural Capital Accounting – a Global

High-level snapshot of the range of NCA work
happening globally.

  • Alessandra Alfieri (UNSD)
10.30 am –
11.15 am

Natural Capital Accounting in Africa

High-level snapshot of relevant work
happening in Africa, based on responses to
the pre-workshop survey, as well overview of
the 2016 GDSA NCA Statement.

Brief, voluntary contributions and reflections from
the floor from African participants about their

11.15 am –
11.45 am

Coffee & Tea break and Group photo

  Session 3. Linking NCA to global targets and discussion on how Communities of
Practice can promote progress

11.45 am -
12.30 pm

Mainstreaming and funding NCA – the
link to global targets

A panel discussion on using NCA to inform the
climate crisis, Post-2020 Global Biodiversity
Framework (CBD COP-15), and the SDGs with
input from the international community.

Moderator: Raffaello Cervigni (World Bank)


  • Vanessa Ushie (African
  • Development Bank), Monica Lopez Conlon
  • UNEP), Tom Sengalama (DFID Uganda)
12.30 pm -
1.00 pm

What is an effective Community of

A panel discussion and lessons learned from
other Communities of Practice.

Moderator: Steve Bass (IIED)


1.00 pm - 2.00 pm LUNCH


Session 4. Shaping a Community of Practice

2.00 pm -
2.10 pm
Framing the discussion: some ideas for a
Community of Practice


  • ​Ruud Jansen (GDSA)
  • Rosimeiry Portela (Conservation International)
2.10 pm -
3.20 pm

What an African NCA Community of Practice should do, and opportunities for

Break Out Session 1: Scoping

  • Building on the 2016 GDSA
  • Declaration, participants break out
  • into 4-5 groups
  • Report back
  • Discussion of common priorities under an African NCA COP

Facilitator: Abisha Mapendembe (UNEPWCMC)

Break-out groups and facilitators:

  • Business/investment group (Hannah Brooke, Natural Capital Coalition)
  • Integrated field programs group (Rosimeiry Portela, Conservation International)
  • Policy group (Mandy Driver, Govt. of South Africa)
  • Data group (Marko Javorsek, UN Statistics Division)

3.20 pm -
3.45 pm


3.45 pm -
4.45 pm

How to organize the African NCA Community of Practice

Break Out Session 2:

  • Table discussions brainstorm Community of Practice membership, operating principles, coordination, short-term easy wins and longer-term ambitions, etc.
  • Report back
Facilitator: Abisha Mapendembe (UNEPWCMC)
4.45 pm -
5.20 pm

Towards an NCA Regional Community of Practice

Plenary discussion following on from the
break-out sessions.

Facilitator: Ruud Jansen (GDSA)
5.20 pm -
5.30 pm
Wrap up and closing words
  • Benoit Blarel (World Bank)
  • Ruud Jansen (GDSA)
  • Alessandra Alfieri (UNSD)