The series of regional e-learning courses “Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)” aims to provide policymakers from Asia, Africa and Latin America with a comprehensive introduction to the SCP approach and its application opportunities.
Impacts in Asia
Greening Universities in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, economic development is on the rise. However, this has come at a cost. Consumption has increased and consequently so has waste.
To tackle this issue, two participants from the second edition of the SCP course, Upendra and Uthpala, realized projects aimed at greening Sri Lankan universities and educating students and university staff on the benefits of waste management and resource efficiency.
Watch the video to follow the journey of Upendra and Uthpala while they implement their SCP projects.
The project demonstrates how education for sustainable consumption and production (SCP) can positively influence the behaviour of young people, in Sri Lanka, enabling them to find practical solutions to the challenges of over-consumption and waste generation. This is particularly important for a country, where 44% of the population is under the age of 24.
Find out more from:
- Sri Lankan Universities Go Green
- SCP Champion Series: Sri Lanka’s Upendra Arjeewani and Uthpala Sankalpani
Sustainable School Competition in Bhutan
Children can become ambassadors for sustainable lifestyles in their schools, families and communities.
During the 3rd edition of the SCP course in Asia, Ms Pem Lama from Bhutan developed a project aimed at empowering students and teachers to rethink daily habits and embark on more sustainable lifestyles.
"I want to be an “ECO” person, not an “EGO”. I had a lot of positive impact with my actions. Now my relatives and neighbours are taking care of their waste through recycling, and using a car-pooling system."
- Meghna Pradhan, Student at Jigme Losel Primary School
"It was great to receive the small grant to implement my action plan. The course has had direct benefit to schools in Bhutan that have great potential to further SCP via education."
- Pem Lama, GPP Bhutan
Nine schools entered the EGO-to-ECO Sustainable School Competition and developed inspiring projects that will change their schools and communities forever!
For example, students from Loselling Middle Secondary are bringing PET bottles from their homes and communities to the collection point at the school. Children in Changzamtog Lower Secondary School are making their own sitting mats from plastic wrappers after school hours every day.
Find out more from:
- Ego to Eco: A Sustainable School Challenge!
- Bhutanese Children on a Mission to Lighten their Load on the Planet
Ella Pad: Scraps to Feminine Hygiene Products in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, more than 5000 garment factories are dumping around one million bales of textile scraps every year, contributing to a significant solid waste management problem. Additionally, the approximately 4 million female workers in the apparel industry, who often work in generally hazardous conditions, typically lack access to sanitary napkins. As a direct result, the apparel sector is losing around 215 million workdays because of women workers absent from work. Workers at textile factories are not allowed access to the scraps to manage their hygiene.
One of the e-course participants, Mamunur Rahman started the project to reuse garment scraps to make low-cost feminine hygiene products, reducing the solid waste burden, ensuring a safer work environment for 4 million female workers, and increasing mobility of 35 million more women of Bangladesh. In addition to ensuring regular attendance of women employees at factories, access to feminine hygiene products will help address the significant school dropout rate of female students.
Find out more from:
- Ella Pad: Innovative Solution to Waste Reuse to Make low-cost sanitary napkin for garments workers in Bangladesh
- Ella pad: Scraps to Feminine Hygiene Products (Flyer)
Impacts in Africa
The e-learning course “Introduction to SCP in Africa” has been delivered in English and French, and during its first edition, 108 key stakeholders from 33 African countries were trained.
Examples of Action Plans developed and peer-reviewed through the course:
- Biogas to energy for rural Ghana
- Promoting ecotourism in Kenya
- Greening road transportation in Burkina Faso
- Wastewater management in Bamako, Mali
- Sustainable public procurement in the Democratic Republic of Congo
"Previously, I had knowledge of sustainability from a supply side. After I took the SCP course my understanding of sustainability is broadened to the demand side factors too."
- Wubishet Kassa Bahiru, National Planning Commission of Ethiopia
“One of the key things we have adopted is the cleaning up of the highways that will involve the staff and rally, other stakeholders, to join us. I feel this is very relevant to the plan I did as we start off in such small steps and eventually roll out the program to the entire country.”
- Grace Wanjiku Maina, Kenya Tourism Board
“Part of my job is to provide technical guidance to manufacturers in Uganda about good manufacturing practices, such as energy efficiency. Using knowledge from the course, I have been able to disseminate raise awareness on eco-labelling and sustainable energy conservation practices.”
- Semanda Kassim, Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives, Uganda