National Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Tajikistan
A stakeholder dialogue on “Implementing Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Measures” was held on July 12 in Dushanbe.
The National Association of Small and Medium Business of the Republic of Tajikistan, being a country partner of the REAP project “Resource Efficiency in Agricultural Production and Processing”, SWITCH-Asia program of the European Union, brought together stakeholders, which include representatives of both government agencies and the private sector.
Dialogue participants discussed the challenges of introducing SCP practices into the existing ecosystem in Tajikistan, identified critical problems in this area and brainstormed on potential solutions to these problems.
Moreover, during the event the experts presented the data on the existing SCP practices system in the country, talked about the experience in this area in other countries and shared the successful cases of implementing SCP measures in manufacturing enterprises in Tajikistan. As of today, over 130 enterprises in the country are already implementing the practices in their production.
During the Roundtable, participants exchanged experiences and their proposals, which resulted in a more detailed discussion of such problems as access to finance, lack of education on the topic, lack of awareness of SCP in the management sector of manufacturing enterprises and a number of agencies. The dialogue concluded with the development of a detailed action plan and initiatives to address these issues.
The REAP project is implemented by an international consortium (with financial support of the European Union), which includes: the National Association of Small and Medium Businesses of Tajikistan (NAMSB), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan (CCIU), the German Consulting Bureau adelphi, Association for Promotion of Recycling and Environmental Protection in Austria (AREC), STENUM Asia Society for Sustainable Development (STENUM Asia), Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The consortium is led by the Regional Environmental Center of Central Asia (CAREC).