Davos Declaration on the Promotion of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) in Developing and Transition Countries Adopted

Davos, 12-16 October 2015 – Participants of the Global Network Conference on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production, held from 12 to 16 October 2015, and organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), adopted the Davos Declaration on the Promotion of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) in Developing and Transition Countries.



The declaration calls for the promotion, mainstreaming and scaling up of RECP in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It furthermore calls for the strengthening of the Global Network for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECPnet), and encourages government, business, financial institutions, academia and civil society to join with RECPnet in its efforts to advance sustainable development through a rapid and universal uptake of RECP.

The week-long conference showcased 20 years of delivering RECP services to industry around the world and addressed topics including low-carbon production, sound chemicals management, water resources, eco-industrial parks, waste management and gender mainstreaming. In addition to reviewing the current state of RECP, the conference identified emerging thematic areas and potential partnerships amongst development actors at the national, regional and global levels.

The conference attracted around 200 participants from over 60 countries, ranging from senior government officials, leading international RECP practitioners, representatives of development financial institutions, as well as RECP experts from research institutions and academia.

Amongst the conference participants were Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel and Former European Commissioner for the Environment; Mariano Castro, Vice-Minister for Environmental Management, Peru; Bruno Oberle, Director of the Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland; Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions; Helge Wendeberg, Director General, Water Management and Resource Conservation, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany; Jutta Emig, Unit Head, International Chemical Safety and Sustainable Chemistry, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany; Walker Smith, Director, Office of Global Affairs and Policy, United States Environmental Protection Agency; and Viera Feckova, Program Manager Europe and Central Asia, International Finance Corporation.

The conference also resulted in the approval of an operational strategy for RECPnet in the post- 2015 period.

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Petra Schwager
ndustrial Development Officer
Industrial Resource Efficiency Unit

(Source: recpnet.org)


Promoting sustainable pangasius market in Europe

In order to provide opportunities for the farmers, production and processing enterprises to learn about foreign fish market, the SUPA project ” Establishing a Sustainable Pangasius Supply Chain in Viet Nam” continues to support business delegation to participate in activities at the global seafood fair from May the 21st – 23 rd, 2015 in Brussels (Belgium).

The delegation includes representatives from organizations involving in the project: Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre (VNCPC), Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), World Wildlife Fund in Vietnam (WWF- VN) and World Wildlife Fund in Austria (WWF- AT). In addition, there are representatives from 6 farming and processing enterprises and 1 representative from the farming cooperative in An Giang province.


 The project partners are having discussion with pangasius importers in Europe

In 2014, the project also created favorable conditions for the business delegation to participate in the Fair, which helps them have a lot of new customers from Europe and some other countries. When participating in the event, the representatives from enterprises had chance to visit some supermarkets in Belgium to learn about the market and compare Vietnamese catfish products with other products under the guidance of foreign experts. Especially, one company has signed contract directly with a supermarket. This is the first time that a Vietnamese pangasius company has direct sale with a supermarkets without intermediate importers.

In this Fair, the enterprises have chance to see by their own eyes the fishery products of other countries in the world, the farming model with high quality together with all kinds of advanced machines and support equipment. Besides, the experience sharing and market connectivity also brought an added value for them. The SUPA project rented a fair booth to help promote information and it’s a destination for the dealers, importers and businesses enterprises to meet each other and exchange their experiences. In this booth, there are catalogues bag, brochures, and flyers for delivery, together with business certifications accompanied by CD disc about pangasius production and processing toward sustainable development, environmental friendliness.


Pangasius processing company is negotiating with the client

Attending the Fair, SUPA project, together with other partners like Center for the Promotion of Imports from the developing countries – CBI (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands), VASEP and Directorate of Fisheries (MARD) held a Forum with title “International Business Forum to promote sustainable export for Vietnamese catfish”. Because it was taking place during the Fair time, the Forums drew great attention from international organizations such as WWF, the seafood certification agencies, importers and retailers from the Netherlands, Britain, France, Vietnamese catfish production and processing companies, the press agencies of Vietnam in Europe such as Vietnam Television, Vietnam News Agency. At this forum, Mr. Pham Anh Tuan, Deputy Director (General Directorate of Fisheries) has introduced the status quo of pangasius production and processing industry, the basic issues that need to be improved towards sustainable development, especially it’s the introduction of Decree No.36 for controlling and making transparency of information and improving the quality of Vietnamese catfish. Hereby, the importers, the retailers have better understanding about the commitment of Vietnamese Government for a sustainable catfish production in specific and seafood production in general.


Young Vietnamese keen on adopting, sharing green lifestyle

A number of young Vietnamese joined a green tour on Saturday to Dong Nai Province, which neighbors Ho Chi Minh City, as one of GetGreen Vietnam’s activities to promote a green lifestyle and sustainable consumption.


The group went to Kingfisher Nest Tourism Complex in Vinh Cuu District

GetGreen Vietnam is a project promoting sustainable consumption in the country which focuses on sustainable living and working for middle-income consumers in urban areas, according to its website.

Like its sister project SPIN (Sustainable Product Innovation), GetGreen Vietnam is also co-funded by the SWITCH-Asia Program of the European Union and implemented by the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology, Vietnam Cleaner Production Center, and the Asian Institute of Technology in Vietnam.

The project is aimed at developing consumption groups which are aged from 18 to 45 and include students or office workers in a sustainable consumer community and at launching campaigns to promote environmental protection and combat climate change.

The project costs a total of €1.4 million, of which 80 percent is funded by the SWITCH-Asia Program of the European Union, and 20 percent comes as corresponding funds from the project’s partners, its website added.

Its implementation time is three years from April 2012.

A social network called “Song Xanh” (Green Living) is selected as GetGreen Vietnam’s partner.

Each group joins six get-togethers a week, which are centered on two topics: urban farming, recycling, saving energy, smart traffic, green offices and smart bathrooms/kitchens.

The activities aim to bring about changes among the members’ behavior and lifestyle before they themselves help change others.

Late last month, the members had enjoyable, beneficial urban farming experiences at Saigon Garden, which is located on the rooftop of the Saigontourist Hotel in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

Apart from seeing for themselves organic planting methods, the youths also adopted the model at their own homes.

Nguyen Le Toan, who loves gardening, shared the experiences taught him how to safely grow aromatic herbs and fruits on his home’s terrace.

They also took great delight in learning how to process food leftovers, such as turning remaining rice into mouth-watering fried rice, or leftover chunks of chicken into sizzling porridge.

“Discarded leftovers account for up to 30 percent of the total amount of food which we buy and spend time processing, while we can easily make use of them,” the members said.

They also learn to make the best of natural, environmentally- and people-friendly detergents such as lemons, salt and coconut oil to wipe out stains instead of using conventional chemical products.

The members are also interested in whether turning off their bike engine while waiting for red lights to turn green is beneficial regarding energy conservation and emission cut, among other various traffic issues.

Nguyen My, director of MMSoft, said she will coordinate with the social network “Song Xanh” to build a green corporate culture and lifestyle.

MMSoft is an IT consulting company where several of GetGreen Vietnam’s sessions were held.

Bui Viet Ha, chair of “Song Xanh,” revealed that after the GetGreen Vietnam project ends in April 2015, his social network will continue what the project is doing now.

Source: Talkvietnam.com

The participation of SUPA project in Vietfish fair 2014 and Vietnam Pangasius Forum

The EU co-funded “Establishing a Sustainable Pangasius Supply Chain in Viet Nam (SUPA)” has being implemented by Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre (VNCPC), along with project’s partners: WWF Vietnam, WWF Austria and Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), aimed to promote sustainable and environmentally friendly Pangasius production in Viet Nam.

From 6th to 8th August 2014, SUPA project has participated in Vietnam Fisheries International Exhibition (Vietfish 2014) and its booth broadcast the information regarding activities and outcomes of the project to enterprises in the pangasius supply chain. On the day before, the 5th August, SUPA project also hosted a tour of the pangasius farming area in Ben Tre province and processing facility in Godaco Seafood Company located in My Tho Industrial Park, Tien Giang province. The visitors included European importers, retailers together with representatives for local and international media and ASC certificates. In addition, there was presentation of big importer companies in Brazil, Kazakhstan, etc.

V1The meeting between importer-visitors and the Godaco company  V2Visiting the processing site in Godaco company

During the tour, the importers were highly appreciated the quality and production’s scale in order to meet the standards for exporting. What being observed from this field trip was far from the imagine the importers obtained from the broadcast media in Europe and South America.

 V3Exhibition booth of SUPA project in Vietfish 2014 V4Mr Hoang Thanh (Programme Officer of European Union in Vietnam) and Ms Esther Luiten (Manager Commercial Marketing of ASC), visited the exhibition booth of SUPA project

In this event of Vietfish 2014, SUPA project joined together with VASEP to organize Vietnam Pangasius Forum, titled:” Towards sustainable growth for pangasius in Europe” and its presentations on Vietnam Pangasius market with challenges and difficulties by speakers from Directorate of Fisheries (Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development), Ministry of Industry and Trade, SUPA project, ANOVA Seafood company (the Netherlands) and ASC certification organization.

V5Speakers at the Forum  V6Representatives at the Forum

The Forum was attended by more than 200 representatives, which included nearly 100 representatives from 80 Pangasius producing and processing companies, representatives for local policy management authorities in Mekong river delta, certification organizations, importers from Europe, South America and North America, etc. At the Forum, there were numerous questions and concerns for importing markets, especially European market as well as necessary standards for importing and exporting.

Through the success of Vietfish fair 2014, SUPA project partners will join together to organize the Annual Forum in order to build a channel of exchange information for producers, importers and experts, policy makers with the aim of a sustainable and prosper Vietnam Pangasius development.

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VNCPC participated in the 11th Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP)


In light of the current global framework, the 11th APRSCP “Paving the Way for the Future We Want” held in Bangkok, Thailand continued engaging multi-stakeholders in developing and implementing innovative policy solutions, up-scaling technology and knowledge benchmarking, approaches and instruments towards the development and implementation programmes on SCP. This event attracted about 300 participants, including governmental officials, researchers, international and local NGO experts, students and the press.

During the 19th – 20th May 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand, the 11th APRSCP has provided a platform for multi-stakeholders from Asia and the Pacific to come together to:

–          Promote best practices, programs, local initiatives and lessons learned on SCP related projects in the region.

–          Identify synergies and build cooperation to engage actively in the development and implementation of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on SCP Patterns.

–          Enhance discussions on Paving the Way for the Future We Want in the Region by sharing experiences and lessons learned in scaling up existing and new SCP technologies, strategies, tools and approaches through re4search and information awareness, capacity building, financing, and monitoring and evaluation.

The roundtable has had 2 plenary sessions. The 1st plenary session focused on Public – Private Regional Policies, Initiatives and Cooperation toward SCP and Green Growth where speakers and participants shared regional, national and local best practices, programs, initiatives and lessons learned on SCP related projects in Asia and the Pacific region. The 2nd plenary session discussed SCP Regional Program/Activities particularly the main outcomes and follow up of Rio+20 related to SCP such as identifying synergies and building cooperation to engage actively in the development and implementation of the 10YFP in the region.


The roundtable sessions were classified based on 5 priority areas on SCP, including:

–          Roundtable 1: SCP in planning and implementation, covering the following topics: Bringing SCP to the SDGs (sustainable development goals) – for government and international cooperation; The business and poverty eradication cases for SCP; Life-Cycle Thinking and Systems Approach for SCP.

–          Round table 2: Mainstreaming SCP in priority sectors, covering the following topics: Sustainable Agriculture and food systems; Green building design and materials for sustainable cities; Urban Environmental Planning and Resource Management approaches, technologies for Sustainable Cities.

–          Roundtable 3: Sustainable Consumption – Lifestyles and Education, covering the following topics: Sustainable Public Procurement; Harmonization of Standards and Eco-labeling; Sustainable Lifestyle and Education: Supporting Sustainable Consumer Behavior.

–          Roundtable 4: SCP progress – for business and policy makers, covering the following topics: Adoption and Integration of Corporate Sustainable Reporting and Standards in relation to SCP; Eco Innovation: sustainability at the core of the business strategy; SCP Indicators.

–          Roundtable 5: Resource Efficient, Cleaner and Safer Production, covering the following topics: Green Industry, from Policy to Practices; Improving Resource and Energy Efficiency through Supply Chain Management: Lessons Learnt, Opportunities, and Challenges; From “Waste-to-Wealth” to “Upcycle Product Standard”; Cases from RECP.

Two SWITCH-Asia projects, including the SUPA project of which VNCPC is a lead partner and GetGreen Vietnam project of which VNCPC is one of the three partners, participated in the Roundtable. Especially, Mr. Le Xuan Thinh, SUPA coordinator, delivered a presentation on “Establishing a Sustainable Pangasius Supply Chain in Vietnam” in one of the roundtable sessions.

Next to the 11th APRSCP, the SWITCH-Asia Network Facility also held a workshop on “Policy Advocacy for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in Asia”. About 20 people from SWITCH-Asia grant projects (including SUPA and GetGreen), the Network Facility, agriculture experts, UNEP Policy Support Component and other interested stakeholders attended this thematic workshop. This was a chance for in-depth discussion on how to improve the projects’ policy advocacy strategies and for identification of country and sector specific agriculture and food priority issues. The workshop went fruitfully and productively, resulted in combining presentations and input for the SWITCH-Asia sustainable agriculture policy brief.

More information about the 11th APRSCP available at: http://www.aprscp.net/11th-APRSCP/index.html


SUPA featured at Europe’s largest seafood trade fair

The annual European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe in Brussels is the world’s largest seafood trade fair. Over 100,000 trade visitors including buyers, suppliers, media and other seafood-industry professionals from over 100 countries attended the 2014 fair to meet face to face and do business.


The SWITCH-Asia project “Establishing a Sustainable Pangasius Supply Chain in Vietnam” (SUPA) of which VNCPC is a lead partner and other partners as VASEP, WWF-Vietnam, WWF Austria, participated in the Exhibition and was introduced to international organizations, importers and retailers.


The SUPA project also sponsored for five Vietnamese enterprises to attend the “European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe” for market connection. On the opening day, the Vietnam Seafood Exhibition booth saw the presence of the Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, H.E. Pham Sanh Chau and representatives of the Directorate of Fisheries, representatives of Vietnam Television in Europe together with international organizations, importers, media and manufacturers.


Delivering the opening presentation, Mr Nguyen Viet Manh, Director of Scientific & Technological and International Cooperation Department from the Directorate of Fisheries (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development), emphasized the importance of fisheries industry to the Vietnamese economic sector structure and committed to the international community toward a sustainable development orientation for Vietnamese seafood, particularly pangasius.


After the press briefing/conference, Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau visited the Vietnam Seafood Exhibition booth and was introduced about the SUPA project and the initial achievement in building a sustainable supply chain for its pangasius in the period 2013-2017. The Ambassador acclaimed the cooperative endeavor among the project partners and expected further cooperation among Vietnam and European agencies in order to promote Vietnamese seafood as well as enterprises towards a sustainable and sound environmental production.