Sessions on the Transition

STA 2 - Ecological Transition in Africa

20 Nov

20 November

14:30 to 17:30

Venue: Marrakech



The ecological transition requires a reconsideration of the priorities of local economies and their redefinition in the light of the principles of sobriety, energy efficiency and the circular economy. The choices that African cities and territories will make in terms of access to energy, land use planning, the organization of production, transport and trade systems, and their more or less inclusive nature, will be of crucial importance for the future of Africa and the world. Addressing the ecological transition in Africa means reflecting on the economic, ecological, health, social and political challenges of a continent that is currently experiencing pronounced economic growth and which should host 40% of humanity in 2100. In Africa, the question of the balance between immediate development priorities and long-term needs for climate resilience is a particular concern. Some territories are already placing ecological transition at the centre of their strategy, thus turning to new opportunities. African cities are particularly under pressure and must increase their capacity for adaptation and mitigation quickly in order to fully enter into the ecological transition, in consultation with stakeholders in the territories, including local elected officials. This session will explore the issues and opportunities around:
  1. Access to clean and renewable energy for African cities.
  2. The circular economy at the service of African cities, for efficient waste management (solid and liquid) and better environmental health of residents.
  3. Mobility and sustainable transport that is less polluting in African territories.
  4. Environmental health in African cities: pollution and air quality challenges.
  5. Soil conservation, sustainable agriculture and territorial food sovereignty. Preservation of forests and biodiversity in the face of urban sprawl in Africa.
  6. Adaptation to climate change, the importance of setting up early warning systems.
  7. Financing mechanisms for ecological transition in Africa.




  1. Presentation of the main axes of ecological transition in Africa, from the point of view of different non-state actors
  2. Debate and exchange with the participants of the room
  3. Adoption of resolutions and recommendations to be submitted to the political sessions.


Parallel Sessions