The Green Economy Coalition (GEC) is the largest global alliance of organisations working on a green economy. The membership spans Asia, Africa, South America, North America and Europe and represents a wide range of interests including the poorest, the environment, business, the United Nations, research and government. Despite its diversity, the coalition is committed to accelerating the transition to green and fair economies. In South Africa, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and the African Centre for a Green Economy (African Centre www.africancentre.org) are active members of the coalition. The Green Economy Coalition is supported by funding and assistance from the European Union.
TIPS in partnership with the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, based at the University of Johannesburg, and in association with the Green Economy Coalition (GEC), hosting the 2017 Annual Forum in June, 2017. It was supported by the European Union and the Department of Trade and Industry. The theme of the Forum was Industrialisation and Sustainable Growth See Summary report of the Forum below.
GEC is also supporting the production of seven reports. Draft titles of the seven reports in production are:
- Governance for South Africa’s sustainability transition: A critical review, by Gaylor Montmasson-Clair (completed)
- A South African Strategy for Green Trade, by Christopher Wood (completed)
- The role of plantation forestry for promoting sustainability in South Africa, by Struan R. Robertson (completed)
- Nature in South Africa’s transition to sustainability: A stocktake, by Shakespear Mudombi (completed)
- Transforming South Africa’s passenger transport sector for sustainable development in South Africa, by Bhavna Deonarain and Kelello Mashiane
- Water sustainability in South Africa: Past, present, future, by Shakespear Mudombi
- Building an environmentally-sustainable economy in South Africa, by Gaylor Montmasson-Clair