This Regional Roundtable brought together fourty seven participants from fifteen municipalities and eight countries. Hosted by the government of the Ivory Coast, it was co-organized with the French Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition (MTES), the French Ministry for Territorial Cohesion, the French Environment & Energy Management Agency (ADEME), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCGL Africa).
Particpants convened to develop a common vision for the future of the buildings and construction sector in North Africa, a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities unique to the region and to outline the framework for a regional roadmap with targets, actions, and roles for a diverse group of stakeholders. Fruitful discussions and lessons learned were exchanged amongst participants and regional leaders from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, France, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, Togo, and Tunisia.
Several solutions were proposed, and priority actions agreed upon by participants pertaining to what should happen next, who should be involved, and how to take action. This workshop served to define regional priorities which shape the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction's regionalization of the Global Roadmap.
Buildings and Construction Priorities for North Africa
(1) public policies: building sustainably for municipal buildings; decentralizing decision making; linking tenders to proven research; increasing international partnerships
(2) capacity building: promoting education on sustainable buildings on all levels; developing a reporting system to monitor progress against goals and to compare progress across countries)
(3) local materials & techniques: Better recognition of local and bio-sourced materials
(4) financing: involving financial actors from the beginning on in a multi-actor framework.
Key next steps for the region were defined by participants as:
• Developing a database of exemplary projects
• Training around public bids.
• Creating replicable models.
• Developing a regional roadmap.
The GlobalABC developed a background paper on the buildings and construction sector profile in West Africa including regional challenges and trends and a subsequent report was developed for this Regional Roundtable. Please contact the Secretariat to access this document: Sarah.Harper (at) un.org.