Pilot Project on ESC (2011-2014)


UNEP and the Marrakech Task Force on Education for Sustainable Consumption, led by Italy, are implementing a pilot project on the “Institutional Strengthening of Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) - Advancing ESC Policy and Implementation Strategies.” This project is based on a strong demand for guidance on how to integrate ESC into specific contexts and within existing frameworks and practices, with the strong support of the Here and Now, Education for Sustainable Consumption - Recommendations and Guidelines publication. Click here to download the project's concept note.

The main objective of this project is to support the mainstreaming of education for sustainable consumption and lifestyles in formal education curricula as well as in informal education at the national and local levels. The project has been developed in the framework of the Marrakech Task Force on Education for Sustainable Consumption and as a contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014). It is implemented by UNEP in close cooperation with Italy (the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and other key partners such as the Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL) and Consumers International.

The project is implemented in three pilot countries from different regions and of different economic development levels. These countries are: Chile representing Latin America, Indonesia representing Asia and the Pacific and Tanzania representing Africa.

The project is organized in four phases:

  1. Review and Analysis of existing national policy frameworks and initiatives relevant to ESC, sustainable development, SCP and education strategies and/or plans, in order to identify and to understand what forces and interactions would be the most suitable to advance ESC. The objective of this phase is also to define the best way to support integration of ESC into national policy frameworks.
  2. Multi-stakeholder national roundtables discussion with policy-makers and education experts, as well as with other stakeholders, to develop best approaches and tools for ESC, including the adaptation of UNEP’s Here and Now! ESC Recommendations and Guidelines to national contexts, priorities and needs. This dialogue will provide inputs on how best to coordinate policy and implementation strategies.
  3. Development and dissemination of national guidelines and recommendations on ESC among relevant ministries (e.g. environment, education, consumer affairs), education experts and relevant stakeholders, based on the outcomes of the roundtable discussion, to support the development of the necessary policy instruments and a related national implementation strategy on ESC. The implementation strategy could consist of a road map, which will define the necessary steps to cement ESC in curricula and at ground levels (schools, NGOs, etc.), it will identify the main actors of ESC implementation, and it will involve encouraging training and awareness-raising sessions at the national and local levels. Whenever possible, countries are encouraged to test the guidelines and recommendations in various educational settings and regions to collect input and feedback that can be used to improve the guidelines before finalization, printing and dissemination.
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation consisting of a UNEP survey to be circulated six to twelve months after the finalization of national guidelines, recommendations and implementation strategies to monitor and evaluate countries’ progress. Its results will be collected and evaluated in close consultation with the participants of the roundtables, national specialists and educators / teachers involved, and they will be analyzed in the view of developing the project final conclusions and recommendations.

The time frame for this project is September 2011 and May 2014, with the following expected outputs:

  • Analysis of context for the implementation of ESC in pilot countries, including identification of entry points opportunities for ESC integration in national sustainable development and education strategies.
  • Identification of national priorities and best approaches to ESC.
  • Development of national recommendations and guidelines on developing and implementing ESC policies, including national ESC implementation strategies targeted at the formal education sector.
  • Evaluation of ESC implementation, based on national guidelines and recommendations.
  • Dissemination of a consultative model for the institutional strengthening of ESC.
  • Replicability of the project, including promoting national initiatives, disseminating best practices/ lessons learned and engaging more countries in the integration of ESC into formal education systems.

More information on the activities taking place in each of the three countries is available on the country’s pages ( Chile, Indonesia and Tanzania ). For information on the partners involved in the project, visit the Partners page.