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Increasing Prosperity through efficient use of Natural Resources

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.

Sustainable Development

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.


Waste management

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.


Renewable energies

Pro­mo­tion of a sus­tain­able, ef­fi­cient and di­ver­si­fied en­ergy mix, mea­sures to re­duce de­pen­dence on fos­sil en­ergy sources.

Energy efficiency
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.


Deal Locally – Strive for Broader Effects

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.

Resource Efficiency

Increasing prosperity through efficient use of natural resources



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