Over the course of an initial 4-year period, the project aims to actively support the adoption of sustainable consumption and production patterns in the Mediterranean region through a comprehensive regional approach addressing different realities and challenges faced by the Mediterranean countries. More concretely, the project aims to provide financing access for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) adopting Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) models in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. It will also stimulate the development of green industries and entrepreneurship in the Western Balkans and Turkey through technical assistance and pilot projects.
The following actions will be implemented in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia:
- Market assessment of resource efficiency opportunities;
- Policy dialogue activities, training and capacity building seminars to raise the awareness of SCP and RE opportunities;
- Design and implementation of new financial instruments for companies adopting SCP/RE models, as well as technical assistance packages to support these financial instruments.
In Turkey, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro, the project will provide:
- Implementation of demo projects for companies investing in cleaner & more resource efficient (water, energy, raw materials and waste minimization) manufacturing based on the MEDTEST methodology;
- Training and advisory services to green entrepreneurs;
- Capacity building programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)/Resource Efficiency (RE) to business and consumer associations, civil society organisations, universities, etc.;
- Information on lessons learnt, best practices and strategies for replication, as well as on ways to ensure long-term sustainability of SCP/RE demo initiatives;
- Exchange of best practices between stakeholders as well as visibility and communication of impact on the ground.
About the promoter and partner institutions
The project is promoted by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with the support of the Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/MAP-SCP/RAC).
Furthermore, the UfM project builds and further up-scales successful experience of UNIDO-TEST integrated methodology and demonstration activities, the SCP/RAC_UNEP MAP methodology, ad hoc training and support program for Green Entrepreneurs and local stakeholders, and the Sustainable Resources Initiative of the EBRD.