Regions - Africa



:: Implementation Milestones

High-level launch of Africa 10-Year Framework Programmes on SCP

The “African 10-Year Framework of Programmes on SCP” was launched in May 2006 with the institutional support of AMCEN, NEPAD, the African Union, UN ECA, UNEP and UNDESA. ARSCP is acting as Secretariat of the 10YFP, with support from UNEP (Regional Office in Africa) [more…]

Task Force on “Cooperation with Africa”

A Marrakech Task Force on Cooperation with Africa has been established with the support of the German Government and in cooperation with the African Roundtable on SCP. The Task Force has implemented a number of pilot projects in Africa, including Eco-Labelling, National SCP Programmes in Egypt, Mauritius, Mozambique and Tanzania,Best-Practices by Development Agencies in Africa, and a Study on Opportunities for Leapfrogging.

Regional roundtable on SCP

The African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP) is a multi-stakeholder forum promoting SCP in Africa. Its activities include:

  • Support the organization of national and sub-regional SCP roundtables
  • Facilitate information exchange on SCP
  • Develop and maintain a directory of African experts on SCP
  • Compile and disseminate case studies in the application of SCP policies and strategies
  • Provide technical and policy input to regional initiatives such as NEPAD
  • Develop sub-regional and regional projects on SCP
  • Organize training workshops and seminars on selected topics
  • Promote research partnerships in the area of SCP.

National SCP Programmes

Development of national SCP programmes has either been completed or is ongoing in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Egypt, Mozambique, Mauritius, Senegal and Ghana. A national roundtable in South Africa is planned for June 2008.

National Cleaner Production Centers (NCPCs)

National Cleaner Production Centers (NCPCs) have been established in Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. With the support of UNIDO, NCPCs are providing technical assistance and capacity building to their countries. The application of cleaner production can significantly improve the competitiveness of industry and reduce the negative environmental impact of existing production processes due to the efficient use of water, energy and raw materials.

:: Key Projects and Initiatives

  • Regional Projects on Sustainable Consumption and Production of Plastics in Africa, coordinated by UNEP, implemented by Governments of Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, and UNEP
  • Developing Capacities for Sustainable Consumption and Production in Lake Victoria Region, coordinated by UNEP, implemented by Governments of Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and UNEP
  • Life Cycle Analysis Awareness and Inventory Training Workshop coordinated by UNEP: about 23 countries represented at training workshop for country-level life cycle inventory databases
  • Sustainable Procurement Workshops in Ghana and Morocco, coordinated by UNEP, implemented by Governments of Ghana and Morocco and UNEP
  • Eco-Labelling for Africa implemented by Marrakech Taskforce Cooperation with Africa and Clongen Laboratories, LLC
  • National SCP Programmes in Egypt, Mauritius, Mozambique and Tanzania, coordinated by Marrakech Taskforce on Cooperation with Africa
  • Best-Practices by Development Agencies in Africa, coordinated by Marrakech Taskforce Cooperation with Africa
  • Study on Opportunities for Leapfrogging, implemented by Marrakech Taskforce Cooperation with Africa and KTH (Sweden)
  • Capacity Building for local SMEs in the accommodation sector, supported by Marrakech Taskforce on Sustainable Tourism.

:: Regional priorities on SCP

African needs and priorities related to SCP have been identified in the meeting reports of regional consultative meetings organized under the Marrakech Process.