To make SCP a reality and respond to the priority areas and needs identified in the African 10 Year Framework Programmes (YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), concrete programmes at the national and local levels have to be put into action. In effect, a project on national and regional action plans on SCP in Africa was developed, organised and technically supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with financial support from the Marrakech Task Force on Cooperation with Africa. The project has the objective to promote better understanding of the key issues related to SCP, to enhance institutional capacity at local and national level, to identify key priority areas that need to be addressed, and to generate region-specific knowledge and provide a framework for the development and implementation of programmes and activities related to SCP.
The main activity of this project has been to assist selected pilot countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) and pilot cities (Cairo, Egypt and Maputo, Mozambique) to develop and implement national and local SCP programmes. Most of the pilot countries have developed their SCP programme documents, which have been endorsed by their respective national institutions. The countries and cities are transforming the priority areas identified into project documents for implementation such as:
- Resources use efficiency with a focus on energy, water, sustainable buildings and tourism
- Promotion of resource efficiency in small and medium sized enterprises
- Demand-side management of energy and water use as well as water harvesting
- Increase market supply and demand for sustainable products
- Integrated solid waste and household management
- Education and communication for sustainable development
The project has the aim to replicate the experiences gathered in the pilot countries and cities in other countries in the region and was able to already support two sets of pilot countries and cities. During the first round, the project supported Cairo/Egypt, Maputo/ Mozambique, Mauritius and Tanzania.The summaries of the programmes and outcomes of the activities were published in 2010: ‘National and Regional Action Plans on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Africa’ together with an implementation plan for SCP programmes in Africa. In the second round, the project supported Burkina Faso, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia and a brochure on ‘National SCP programmes in Africa’ has been published with the results.
It is envisaged to upscale the existing SCP programmes through implementation of the identified projects as well as to continue developing national and local SCP programmes in the region.