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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: March 2019

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

  • in close consultation with a broad range of stakeholders, national and local government of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, supported in developing and launching (July 2017) national and city level waste management strategies and action plans as the first Ministerial action in response to the newly ratified Waste Management Law 2016
  • regular consultations and engagement with key stakeholders to secure participation from all key actors in the sector in Bhutan and Nepal, preparing the stakeholder consultations on the national and city level waste management strategies and action plans development
  • 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 Mogolia is in preparation
  • 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
  • Waste composition study in Ulaanbaatar City, Mongolia, conducted in September 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 was shared on 26.07.2018 in a Stakeholder Consultation

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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

06/2017 till 06/2021


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