The aims of the Strategy are as follows: to provide a strategic policy framework to secure a sustainable future for the Mediterranean region; to adapt international commitments to regional conditions, to guide national strategies and to stimulate regional cooperation in the achievement of sustainable development objectives; to link the need to protect the environment to socio-economic development.
SCP Action Plan for the Mediterranean (consultation paper) details the main policy milestones for the SCP approach at the global and Mediterranean level. It set the framework of action for the Mediterranean context, detailing the major environmental issues, key SCP challenges for the region and suggesting key economic sectors within which SCP actions should be prioritized to ensure greats impacts.
Started in 2013, the development process of the Israel Sustainable Consumption and Production Roadmap ended in 2015 with the release of the final report. The roadmap compiles achievable, innovative and high impact projects and is divided into three chapters according to their relative Consumption vs. Production emphasis:
Sustainable Production oriented initiatives
Sustainable Consumption oriented initiatives;
Connecting the dots: initiatives that are in between Sustainable Production and Sustainable Consumption
The report aims to provide an overview of the models of governmental engagement in using voluntary standards. This study is based on ten country case studies that were developed through the “Governmental Use of Voluntary Standards” project, carried out by International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance (ISEAL Alliance) in collaboration with the Trade Standards Practitioners' Network (TSPN) and with the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the World Bank and the Entwined research partnership.
According to the conclusions drawn by this paper, the governmental use of voluntary standards is characterised by diversity (governance, mission motivations for engagement, institutional arrangements and implementation mechanisms, policy outcomes) coupled with the evidence of its widespread use around the world (in countries with different levels of development). The voluntary standards have established themselves as effective, flexible tools to accompany and support governmental policy. However, for its further development a number of issues should be addressed: availability of information on the best practices, foster opportunities for shared learning, and strengthen credibility and accountability of voluntary standard systems.
SWITCH-Med has developed a new publication titled ¨ Toolkit for SCP policy-makers in the Mediterranean¨ aiming at mainstreaming Sustainable Consumption and Production into four key areas for sustainable development in the region: food and agriculture, goods manufacturing, tourism, and housing and construction.
This SCP toolkit is mainly addressed to policy makers and representatives of local, regional and national administrations in Mediterranean countries. Other interested stakeholders who want to learn more about an SCP approach and examples of its implementation in the region will certainly benefit from this new publication. The SCP toolkit provides a set of effective tools and instruments, case studies and lessons learned which can help to build national SCP frameworks and further integrate SCP into national and sectorial policies.
The Toolkit, is divided into the following chapters:
Chapter 1: Understanding sustainable consumption and production
Chapter 2: Policy framework for SCP.
Chapter 3: Mainstreaming SCP in key economic sectors of the Mediterranean Region.