The National Action Plan in Egypt was based on the 2013 “Green Economy Scoping Study” that assessed the potential for a transition to a green economy and sustainable development. Building on this diagnosis, the Egyptian SCP National Action Plan is considered a significant milestone contributing to a continuum of knowledge accumulation for nationally integrating sustainability in the key economic sectors. A multi-stakeholder and nationally-owned approach was chosen to include government, academia, private sector, civil society and international organizations to ensure its realistic reﬂection of Egypt’s actual socio-economic and environmental needs and aspirations.
The Action Plan includes 6 different programs and 28 detailed projects, presented by 13 different government institutions and specialized research centers. The identified projects were selected based on their relativity and importance, practicality and the extent to which they support to Sustainable development.
Sectoral objectives and strategic goals:
The National Action Plan aims at achieving sustainable consumption and production by promoting the efficient allocation and use of water and energy resources, enhancing sustainable agriculture development as well as waste management, including prevention, reduction, recycling, reuse, and recovery. These orientations in the specified sectors will ultimately led to an equitable distribution of wealth, poverty reduction and an improved environment, health and human welfare.
The action plan further intends to provide solutions for mainstreaming SCP policies nationally that facilitate the achievement of the SDG 12. The implementation of the national action plan mainstream sustainable consumption and production concept into Egypt’s overall sustainable development policy framework and gradually alters unsustainable consumption and production patterns towards more sustainable ones. Governance commitment and policy coherence are essential elements in this process.
A list of suggested prioritized actions to be undertaken by the government to facilitate SCP across sectors: