Workshop Outcomes and Action Plans

Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, 18 September
Institutional cooperation must happen
RECs and countries to develop a knowledge
sharing mechanisms for lessons learned
Address lack of statistical data – a barrier to
Design of BETs involving end users, encourage
ownership and uptake of technologies
Policies should be made with full involvement of
intended beneficiaries
Strategies for forest management – ownership to
Africa needs to move up from strenuous wood
harvesting and use to more modern practices
All 1st Gen techs available – no need to re-invent the
With modular technologies available for bioethanol &
biodiesel, initial investment outlay can be small & can
grow with feedstock availability
Feedstock with low inputs to be promoted to increase
participation in bioenergy industry
R&D to on efficient BETs, sustainable harvesting of
forestry, feedstock with low inputs, efficient
feedstock mgmnt & markets for bioenergy products
and co-products
Build capacity for governments, industry,
consumers, universities/education institutions,
Tool NOT prescriptive but enables countries to
make better and informed choices about policy
Tool for managing risks and benefits
Production cost varies from feedstock, business
model etc., but some more expensive options
may lead to desirable co-benefits – up to the
country to make choice as to the best models
depending on its developmental objectives
Energy insecurity causes Food insecurity –
Complex Interaction btn Energy and Food
Training for using the BEFS tool in countries
Gender equity as part of the policy objectives in
bioenergy development – in bioenergy in strategy and
policy development, implementation, and monitoring
Apply a gender lens to bioenergy development (or in
the value
Involve end users in design of technologies
Education and Training – change behavioral patterns,
skill development, etc.
Special Support Schemes (finance, capacity building)
for women to run bioenergy business
Land rights – review of laws/ability
Develop a monitoring strategy to constantly review
gender sensitive PAMs
There are many actions that can be taken to
mainstream ABF&PG as proposed in the
There are existing initiatives at international,
continental, regional & country levels
To build track record – mainstreaming should
commence with “low-hanging fruits” –
dovetail & compliment existing initiatives
Important to have progress by end of 2014
Expected Accomplishment 1:
Formal Launching of the African
Bioenergy Framework and Policy
Finalization of editing and lay-outing
Printing of copies
Formal launch by the AUC Chairperson, HE Dr
Nkosazana Zuma and ECA Executive Secretary
& UN Under Secretary, Dr Carlos Lopez
Posting of the Framework to UN and AU
Frameowork will be distributed to all AU
member countries and RECs
Timeframe (October 2013)
Expected accomplishment 2:
Bioenergy policies, measures and
actions are gender sensitive and
there is equity in the production,
distribution and use of bioenergy
UN ECA to hire a consultant to consult with
gender focal points in organizations
Develop rough outlines of potential case studies
Use value chain approach to define roles in
Use both as background for a workshop.
AU/ECA to organize a workshop to:
◦ refine the case studies,
◦ make recommendations on good practices,
◦ develop indicators for mainstreaming gender in
bioenergy development.
Timeline: Sep-Dec 2013
Expected accomplishment 3:
Ensuring that Bioenergy Policies,
Measures & Actions are sustainable
and contribute to Africa’s
development goals by supporting
countries to apply different tools,
from DST to BEFS, mapping to GBEP
Mapping/assessment of sustainable bioenergy
◦ NPCA take lead in process of stocktaking of mapping done
in Africa. Build on experiences with mapping (incl. AEEP.
◦ Methodology adjustments for the region, if needed
◦ UN ECA to support a few countries to undertake
GBEP indicators: Understand data gaps! Work with
AFREC on the data situation
DST, BEFS, GBEP indicators: Train the trainers. ECA to
provide technical support
Define Sustainability STDs suited to African context
Take note of GBEP Bioenergy Week in Mozambique to
facilitate info sharing/exchange of good practices
Timelines (2014-2015)
Expected accomplishment 4:
Ensure there is regional
cooperation in bioenergy
development especially in the areas
of technology development, R&D
and trade
Flesh out & concretize areas for regional
cooperation – Technologies/feedstock types,
R&D, infrastructure, trade, watershed/landscape
level policies
Make use of Africa-EU Energy Partnership and RE
Cooperation program to support R&D in
Make use of opportunities open by SE4ALL
initiative through Africa SE4ALL Coordination
AUC will take the lead to make use of available
facilities to support bioenergy R&D
Timeframe: 2014-2015
Expected accomplishment 5:
Ensure there are adequate
resources to finance pilot programs
and projects that showcase the
implementation of the African
Bioenergy Framework and Policy
Identify high priority bioenergy programs in Africa
to be developed to bankable level
Organize investment roundtable to mobilize
resources for programs implementation
Mobilize domestic resources to finance Bioenergy &
ensure conducive environment for PSP
Setting up a special facility/instrument to fund
project development and implementation
Explore opportunities for funding though e.g.
Africa SE4All Coordination Hub; EU funds
NAMAs – Climate Change Funds, UNCCD, etc.
AUC/NPCA to take lead in fund mobilization
Timeline: 2014-2015
AUC Commissioner to make countries’ ministers
to appoint bioenergy (?) focal points
Focal point to facilitate the representation of the
relevant ministry
Need to harmonize country's energy focal points
– danger of having too many focal points in one
country who don’t speak to one another
Choose focal RE points as determined by the
country’s specific situation
Ensure participation of NGOs/civil society to
meetings – source funding for them
Ensure that funds reach the intended
beneficiaries – not only at gvt level

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