By promoting climate-smart economy, people in developing and emerging economies not only have the opportunity to develop and implement sustainable development practices, but also incorporate them into their business activities.
Swisscontact promotes environmentally and climatically sustainable economic growth that integrates the low-income population while protecting them from environmental and health damage as well as the negative effects of climate change.
Swisscontact’s activities in the area of resource efficiency:
Air pollution prevention
Development of concepts for private and public transport to encourage urban mobility as well as technical advice to local authorities in the planning and improvement of urban transport systems. Strengthening the skills and capacities of environmental agencies.
Support in the integration of environmental policy in local development plans and defining environmental indicators, norms and standards; planning and control systems for the construction and operation of waste recycling and disposal plants; promoting the local recycling sector as a formal branch of the economy.
Promotion of a sustainable, efficient and diversified energy mix, measures to reduce dependence on fossil energy sources.
Introducing new technologies and environmentally friendly raw materials; optimising process controls and support with product development; development of efficiency and environmental standards.
Waste water and drinking water
Encouraging the sustainable management of water systems; improving hygienic living conditions through drinking water purification and simple water filters for rural households.
Swisscontact supports its partners in using resources properly, efficiently, and sustainably. This is done with the objective of creating structures that enable and foster sustainable development.
Swisscontact applies the following criteria to its approach: all interventions must achieve a broad, large-scale effect, skills are developed, and innovative interventions can be turned into competitive advantages while actively including the private sector (and closely coordinating with the public authorities) remains paramount.
This is how Swisscontact integrates local interventions and action into national development plans. Equally important are the strengthening of civil society organisations and awareness building in the general population. Through this process, primary environmental concerns are established firmly in the local context.
Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
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