SWITCH-Asia Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Sustainable Consumption and Production
On February 28, 2019 in Beijing, Ms. Li Yanxia, Senior Programme Officer of INBAR’s Global Programme team, was invited to speak at the China’s Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). The event was co-hosted by SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility and China Association of Circular Economy (CACE), with the support of the Delegation of the European Union to China. SWITCH-Asia is an EU funded initiative working since 2007 to promote sustainable consumption and production throughout Asia.
The consultation aimed to bring various stakeholders together for in depth discussions on how to better facilitate an environment in which China can promote resource efficient and responsible consumption and production patterns, in particular in delivering its circular economy strategy. This consultation also identified opportunities to further promote and deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through Sustainable Consumption and Production, as well as relevant partnerships between line ministries, the EU and concerned stakeholders.
During the Multi-stakeholder Consultation Workshop, Ms. Li Yanxia presented models in the food sector by using cases of the edible bamboo shoot industry, showing how to transform the edible bamboo shoot industry, which is often resource intensive and polluting, into a sustainable value chain. Ms. Li Yanxia also highlighted bamboo’s role in the circular economy in the later roundtable discussion.
INBAR was part of two SWITCH-Asia Grant Projects under the first phase (2007-2017) of SWITCH Asia – Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) programme, which aims to promote inclusive sustainable growth, contribute to the economic prosperity and poverty reduction in the region and to support the development of a green economy and the transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy. Since its inception, the SWITCH Asia programme has operated in 19 Asian developing countries with over 100 grant projects in various sectors ranging from eco labelling, sustainable procurement, energy efficiency and renewable, eco-tourism, manufacturing, food and garment industry, green building, agriculture, natural resources and others.
In 2018, the European Commission launched the second phase of SWITCH Asia programme, and the programme was extended to the five Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
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For Chinese: https://www.switch-asia.eu/news/中欧携手合作向可持续消费与生产模式长期转变的目标共同努力/