WWF: China-Africa forum should commit to a win-win for the environment and sustainable development in Africa | WWF

WWF: China-Africa forum should commit to a win-win for the environment and sustainable development in Africa

Posted on 01 September 2018    

WWF: China-Africa forum should commit to a win-win for the environment and sustainable development in Africa
 
31 August 2018, Beijing: The two day Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will be convened in Beijing 3-4 September under the theme “China and Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win Cooperation”.
 
The FOCAC is a vital platform for Sino-African relations, defining principles and making commitments for China trade and investment in Africa. To achieve the global and regional ambitions of sustainable development, the FOCAC framework has the opportunity to promote adherence to environmental standards and social sustainability safeguards of natural resources including green investment.
 
WWF is committed to working collaboratively with China and its trading partners to realise sustainable growth. WWF is calling on FOCAC to seize this key opportunity to align its aims with the African Union's Agenda 2063 and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and incorporate concrete sustainable development goals into future action plans to inject fresh impetus for the continent's development.
 
‘In the past 15 years, FOCAC has successfully strengthened economic cooperation and development between China and African countries, and should now play a crucial role in promoting more sustainable development between China and Africa’, according to Frederick Kwame Kumah, WWF Africa Regional Director.
 
“WWF expects FOCAC to seize this opportunity to positively influence China’s footprint in Africa by championing for higher environmental standards and integrating the UN SDGs and AU Agenda 2063 into its development goals and action plan,” he said.
 
Given the increasing level of Chinese investment in Africa in environmentally sensitive sectors such as infrastructure and mining, forestry, fisheries, agriculture and energy, trade and investment, current environmental commitments need to be significantly strengthened.
 
The aspiration of Africans is to be included in decisions defining their future, governments should provide a mechanism to facilitate public access to information on funding/investment flows under FOCAC commitments to allow for appreciation of the win-win commitments by China and Africa. This can deliver economic growth while meeting people and environment needs and ensuring resilience to climate change.
 
WWF urges China-Africa cooperation to foster clear financing as well as implementation-tracking mechanism with measurable indicators of success that secures a global deal for people and nature. This entails setting up of a monitoring and evaluation plan jointly coordinated by Africa and China that provides for stakeholder input with periodic reporting and unrestricted public access to the reports.
 
Since its formation in 2000, FOCAC has evolved through six Ministerial Meetings, each FOCAC meeting led to a growing portfolio of development projects that have led to significant growth in investment and trade. This has benefited African countries as well as China.
 
However, the partnership between China and Africa can still evolve into in a win-win situation for people and nature. As Africa struggles to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change, it is the well-functioning ecosystems that cushion its resilience.
 
WWF is working with China and African countries to help realise green growth ambitions by improving sustainability investments and trade.
 
For further information:
Victor Nyambok vnyambok@wwfafrica.org
 
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