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SCP/RAC is enabling implementation of sustainable consumption and production and eco-innovation in Montenegro

In the framework of the National Strategy on Sustainable Development of Montenegro, SCP/RAC has been invited by The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism to showcase the Mediterranean SCP Action Plan and activities implementing SCP and eco-innovation developed under the SwitchMed programme . During the roundtable working groups have elaborated some recommendations for SCP implementation in different sectors including tourism, Construction, food processing, fishery and processing industries.
Published on May 18, 2017

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The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, the Regional Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP / RAC) of the United Nations Environment Program / Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP / MAP) and the chamber of Commerce of Montenegro have organized in Podgorica a round table on Sustainable consumption and production in March, 31st 2017.

The vice president of the Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro, Stanko Zloković stressed the importance of the green entrepreneurship and SMEs for Montenegro's socioeconomic development. Jelena Knezevic, Manager of the sustainable development and integrated management of sea and coastal area in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism presented the National Strategy on Sustainable Development (NSDS) until 2030 with focus on SCP and SDG 12. You can find her presentation here. She also highlighted the context of the implementation of its Action Plan in the tourism sector, agriculture, construction and manufacturing industries in order to increase the level of competitiveness of the Montenegrin economy for sustainable development and the opening green jobs

Anna Ibanez, representative of the SCP/RAC presented the regional action plan for sustainable consumption and production in the Mediterranean region and best practices in the implementation of SCP and eco-innovation through the SwitchMed programme. SCP/RAC collaborators, Artur Nadcrinicini and Bianca Tilliger from INEDIT, organised 4 working groups to present examples of good practice in Mediterranean countries in the field of eco-innovation, eco-design, and define recommendations for the introduction of the concept into practice in Montenegrin companies. Working groups highlighted the good practices recently made towards SCP through resource consumption efficiency, renewable energy systems design in residential buildings and hotels; increasing number of socially responsible activities, eco-certifications, and organic food trend.

Nonetheless, participants acknowledged that the lack of financial resources is one of the main obstacles towards a more sustainable pattern. Enabling green finance would boost eco-innovation and increase the adoption of green solutions and practices across different industrial sectors in Montenegro.

This Round Table is the first in a series of activities aimed at promoting the concept of sustainable consumption and production through eco-innovation and eco-design.