- Asia / Pacific
- Latin America / Caribbean
Sectors of activity
Agricultural and Fishery, Buildings and construction, Tourism
Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment
Many countries worldwide have taken action over the last 20 years to address unsustainable consumption and production patterns. Despite this positive trend, strategic decisions and impactful implementation at scale remain challenging. Among the key factors that can support countries in their efforts to create the enabling environment for SCP and engage into a transformation of their economies towards sustainability, the following have been identified: 1) strengthening coordination and policy integration across ministries, engaging all those with relevant portfolios, while making SCP part of the institutional culture and body of knowledge of public administrations; 2) the institutionalization of SCP, working in close cooperation with all stakeholders, governmental and non-governmental, to create a sense of national ownership and bring SCP objectives at the heart of the country’s development plan and vision for the future in the context of the SDGs; 3) access to and use of scientific tools and methodologies to identify high impact sectors (“hotspots”) and guide the design of strategic policies with the potential to significantly improve resource efficiency and reduce environmental damages, taking into account socio-economic implications; 4) developing specific capacities and skills at a technical level, within institutions and public administrations, to anchor SCP approaches into everyday practices in the area of policy development, planning and implementation; 5) access to expert networks and existing solutions to successfully implement policies (policy instruments), together with opportunities to learn from others’ experience, in order to replicate best practices while adapting them to national contexts; 6) solid methodologies to monitor progress and anticipate and/or measure impacts of action to inform strategic decisions and potential corrective measures.
The objective of this project led by the 10YFP Secretariat with the support of the UN Development Account and in close cooperation with One Planet network is to support, in countries, the mainstreaming of the SCP agenda through inter-ministerial coordination, multi-stakeholder dialogue and capacity-building; the development and adoption of a national strategy for sustainable consumption and production; and the piloting of a strategic and cost-effective policy instrument in the context of national priority sectors.
As collected through the One Planet Reporting
Outreach and communication for SCP
National Roundtable on SCP in Bhutan
National Roundtable on SCP in Bhutan
Asia / Pacific
National Environment Commission of Bhutan, with the support of the 10YFP Secretariat
The roundtable gathered about 25 participants from various sectors across the government, also members of the SCP Task Force led by the NEC. The objective was to follow up on SCP activities under SWITCH Asia (2015-2016) and develop the outline for a "National Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption Plan", which would help to coordinate goals and actions, create a pipeline for international support and streamline domestic implementation by a variety of engaged stakeholders.
Presentations and discussions focused on the following: Policy frameworks: Sustainable Consumption and Production for Gross National Happiness and SDGs in Bhutan; - Listening to science: What are the priorities for Bhutan? Trends and opportunities emerging from recent studies; - Hearing from the sectors: representatives of sectoral ministries / national agencies (environment, agriculture, tourism, construction, finance) gave short presentations and discussed relevance of SCP, current challenges, existing policies and initiatives, expectations; - Breakout groups focused on defining the goals of the SCP National Action Plan, priority sectors to be included in the plan, means of implementation, and then on specific sectors. Priority sectors identified include: agriculture, tourism, construction (including mining), waste, industry (Energy / Manufacturing). National flagship programmes –on waste, organic agriculture and tourism – offer great opportunities for mainstreaming and implementing SCP approaches in key sectors of the national economy. The roundtable was organized back to back with the national consultations on the new Bhutanese environment strategy: as a result, SCP was included in the advanced draft of this strategy as an underlying principle and objective.
Impact and Results
The project is currently being implemented. In Bhutan, an SCP Hotspot Analysis report has been issued and a first national roundtable on SCP held in October 2019, back to back with the countries' consultations on the new National Environmental Strategy. As a result, SCP has been acknowledged as an underlying principle and objective of this strategy. More activities will be conducted in the three countries in 2020.