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Strengthening enablers and tackling barriers to a green transition

Climate change is an immediate environmental challenge that creates severe risks and uncertainty for human well-being and economies. All countries, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable, are exposed to the adverse impacts of climate change. This also includes the critical threats of poverty, food insecurity, poor health, low productivity and poor quality of life.

16 March 2022 at 10:00 EAT

ending at 14:00 EAT

Kenya and Online
Mist and river through tropical rainforest, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Mist and river through tropical rainforest, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo: Peter Adams / Stone / Getty Images.

To ensure a safe and prosperous future, the Paris Agreement and subsequent COP meetings laid the foundations for reducing emissions towards a decarbonized world via a transformative process.

The decarbonization agenda sets out the vision of clean and green growth resulting in societal sustainable transformations. The transition to low-carbon technologies, the net zero target by 2050, and a resilient future need to be orderly, equitable, just and inclusive. There is an urgent need to address how a decarbonization agenda can be realized within the international and national/subnational contexts in order to provide benefits for everyone.


The high-level interdisciplinary consultative workshop will focus upon developing and fostering a dialectical relationship with the end-users and stakeholders regarding climate change and the decarbonization agenda. By adopting a “whole system approach” applying “discipline hopping” to the decarbonization agenda, the workshop promotes the creation of new knowledge and the identification of opportunities for solutions and interventions in support of solutions towards sustainability transformations.

The interdisciplinary workshop has the following specific objectives:

  • Understand the current trends and dynamics that promote (enablers) and jeopardize (barriers) the achievement of decarbonization, including low-carbon technologies, net-zero emission strategies in the energy, transport, industrial and agricultural sectors. This will be set within broader debates of the role of countries in an increasingly complex and fragmented world.
  • Scoring of policy measures to mitigate air and short-lived climate pollutants, and achieving sectoral decarbonization in an equitable and just manner
  • Exploration of multiple implementation pathways to mitigate air and short-lived climate pollutants and achieve decarbonization solutions to move towards just and equitable transformations.

Programme (EAT)

Session I – Welcome and introduction

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM:  Opening remarks by Dr Philip Osano, Centre Director, SEI Africa

10:10 – 10:30: Introduction to the workshop objectives and outputs by Dr Anderson Kehbila, SEI Africa

10:30 – 10:40: Keynote address by Dr Gita Gill, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

10:40 – 11:00: Introduction of participants

Session II- Presentation of report and breakout sessions

11:00 – 11:15: Presentation on the state of air and climate pollution in Africa by Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development

11:15 – 12:45: Breakout sessions per sector (energy production; Industry and manufacturing; road, air and maritime transport, waste management and open burning, residential cooking and heating, agriculture, livestock and fisheries, forestry and land use, housing, wildlife and tourism). Discussions will focus on the specific objectives in section 2 by Dr Anderson Kehbila, SEI Africa

Session III – Plenary

12:45 – 13:45: Presentation and discussion of the outcomes of breakout groups by Dr Anderson Kehbila, SEI Africa

13:45 – 14:00: Closing remarks by Dr Romanus Opiyo, SEI Africa

Event link

Take part in the event on Zoom by clicking on the link below.

SEI participants

Philip Osano
Philip Osano

Centre Director

SEI Africa

Anderson Kehbila

Programme Leader

SEI Africa

Romanus Opiyo
Romanus Opiyo

Programme Leader

SEI Africa

Lawrence Nzuve

Communications Coordinator


SEI Africa

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