Strengthening the capacity in Bhutan, Mongolia and Nepal to reduce green house gases (GHGs) and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) from the waste sector based on circular economy concept - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Strengthening the capacity in Bhutan, Mongolia and Nepal to reduce green house gases (GHGs) and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) from the waste sector based on circular economy concept

As of: April 2020

Objective and activities

Bhutan, Mongolia and Nepal have unused potential to mitigate GHG and SLCP emissions generated in the waste sector. Therefore, the project supports the national and local governments in creating an enabling legislative, financial and technological environment for the introduction and uptake of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) in the waste sector. The project will deliver technical and institutional capacity building activities which increase the ability of the partner´s countries in achieving their international GHGs mitigation commitments (INDCs) through specific policy improvements, the identification of suitable environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) to mitigate GHGs and SLCPs emissions from the waste sector, and the development of bankable project proposals for the demonstration of the identified ESTs. The project reports, lessons learned and case studies will be readily available with the aim of incentive replications of similar efforts.

State of implementation/results

  • Participation in the NDC Partnership Forum in Ulaanbaatar City on 3 – 4 October 2017
  • First introductory training of policy makers of Bhutan, Mongolia and Nepal to the 'Sustainability Assessment of Technologies' (SAT) Methodology in Bangkok, November 2017.
  • Workshop ‘’Strengthening Capacity of policymakers to reduce GHGs and SLCPs from the waste sector’’ in December 2017
  • First Global Recycling Day organised in March 2018
  • In June 2018 three gender mainstreaming missions were carried out, report on Gender and Waste Assessment in Bhutan, Nepal and Mongolia is finalized, Gender and waste awareness workshops will be held in the three countries at the end of April, the report was launched at the World ISWA Congress (ISWA is International Solid Waste Association) in Bilbao in Oct 2019
  • Nationwide education and outreach activity in all twenty dstricts of Bhutan and the major cities were carried out on 05.06.2018
  • First Stakeholder consultation on Nat. waste Management Strategy was convened on 11.10.2018 in Thimphu --Video on Waste management has been translated into Bhutan local language and will be broadcasted periodically
  • Final draft of Waste composition study in Ulaanbaatar City, Mongolia, completed in November 2018
  • On the 1st National Workshop the Project was launched on 14.06.2018 and the findings of Nat. Baseline assessment were shared in Nepal
  • Draft of Nat. strategy on Integrated Waste Management of Nepal is finalized
  • Second Global Recycling Day (18 March) were organized in Mongolia and Nepal, in Mongolia, various events took place, among others, on composting; In Nepal, students were sensitized on recycling by painting competitions and handycraft courses.
  • In December 2018 and March 2019, stakeholder consultations were held to finalize the "National Waste Management Strategy" and the "Thimphu District Strategy and Action Plan" in Bhutan.
  • A bill to introduce the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) will be developed with the Mongolian partners.
  • The project has developed a first draft waste data repository in Nepal, which allows access to relevant and up-to-date waste management data in real time.

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Project data

Bhutan, Mongolia, Nepal

Implementing organisation:
United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Partner institution(s):
  • " Ministry of Environment , Green Development and Tourism - Mongolia", Ministry of Environment - Nepal, National Environment Commission - Bhutan
  • Leadership for Environment & Development Nepal (LEAD) - Nepal,The Asia Foundation – Mongolia,World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - Bhutan

BMU grant:
2.000.000,00 €

06/2017  till  06/2021



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