Context and objectives
The Mediterranean RESCP Post Rio+20 project supported the adoption of sustainable consumption and production patterns in the Mediterranean region through a comprehensive approach addressing different challenges faced by Mediterranean countries. More concretely, the project provided access to financing for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) adopting sustainable consumption and production (SCP) models in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. It also stimulated the development of green industries and entrepreneurship in the Western Balkans and Turkey through technical assistance and pilot projects.
In Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, actions included the assessment of resource efficiency opportunities as well as policy dialogue activities, training, and capacity-building seminars to raise awareness about SCP and resource efficiency (RE) opportunities. It also designed and implemented new financial instruments for companies adopting SCP/RE models.
In Turkey, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro, demo projects were implemented for companies investing in cleaner and more resource-efficient manufacturing. The project also trained green entrepreneurs and implemented capacity-building programmes on SCP/RE for civil society organisations, business and consumer associations, universities, etc..
The project supported the adoption of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and resource efficiency (RE) models.
It promoted the exchange of best practices among stakeholders and gave visibility to the real-life impact of the project.
The project also stimulated the development of green industries and entrepreneurship in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
The project was promoted by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), with the support of the Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/MAP-SCP/RAC).
The UfM project built on the experiences of the following programmes:
UNIDO-TEST integrated approach and demonstration activities.
The SCP/RAC- UNEP MAP methodology, training and support programme for green entrepreneurs and local stakeholders.
Sustainable Resource Initiative of the EBRD.
- Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
- Industrial associations
- Chambers of commerce
- Entrepreneurs and start-ups
- Local financial institutions
- Service providers
- Local governments
Key actions in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia
Assessment of RE opportunities.
Policy dialogue activities, training, and capacity-building seminars to raise awareness of SCP and RE.
Design and implementation of new financial instruments for companies adopting SCP/RE models, as well as technical assistance packages to support these financial instruments.
Key actions in Turkey, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro
Implementation of demonstration projects for companies investing in cleaner and more resource-efficient manufacturing based on the MEDTEST methodology.
Provision of training and advisory services to green entrepreneurs.
Capacity-building programmes on SCP/RE for business and consumer associations, civil society organisations, universities, etc.
Providing information on lessons learnt, best practices and strategies for replication, as well as on ways to ensure long-term sustainability of SCP/RE initiatives.
Increased number of industries and stakeholders applying SCP/RE principles in their activities.
At least 30 demonstration projects successfully implemented, and 100 new local initiatives identified as business opportunities.
At least 10 new green businesses created and in operation by the end of the project, access to financing granted to the top four new green businesses, and grassroots joint-ventures established.
A web-based regional platform established and linked with other regional and international initiatives to provide integrated information to stakeholders.