Everything that needs to be known about Africa for a rapid expansion of the green economy is already known. The past two decades has seen exponential growth in Africa's knowledge, information and communications economies. In the three years since the depths of the financial crisis Africa has produced enough material and evidence, from Green Economy Initiatives to World Economic Forums, to give it a global lead in the green economy. For Rio+20 the process needs to be summarised, coordinated and accelerated. Green growth information could be rapidly and widely communicated into the mainstream so that the world can see the potential of Africa's green fields. This can be started by developing some straightforward green investment plans for Africa. An unofficial draft green investment plan could be assembled though a series of blogs like this that explore Africa's green growth potential.
7. Greening aid. Green growth strategies from African governments could revolutionise aid by creating huge demand for green technologies, goods and services that would appeal to donar's enlightened self-interest; they are more likely to fulfill their aid promises if African governments show concrete commitments to green growth that would help balance the global economy. All the ground work for 'greening aid' has been done already and various categories have been created.
To launch an African draft green investment plan in time for Rio+20 all that is required is for one person for each of Africa’s 54 countries to begin ‘green exploring’, through the internet, a chosen river basin, preferably one that is well-known and accessible. Once the river basin is reasonably understood it can be looked at in closer detail as three ecological zones – upper, middle and lower. For the purposes of a draft plan for Rio it would be sufficient to compile a range of green investment opportunities, as outlined above, in each of the three eco-zones of a river basin, leaving biosphere designation until the final plan. Discovering and compiling just ten opportunities in each of the three eco-zones of Africa’s 54 chosen river basins would already give investors an impressive and interesting sample of possibilities.