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More provinces in Mongolia willing to adopt circular economy practices

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More provinces in Mongolia willing to adopt circular economy practices
Country: Mongolia
Supporting agri-food and beverage MSMEs and retailers in adopting circular economy practices

Orkhon aimag -- A four-year project called Switching on the Green Economy (SOGE), has been funded by the European Union through its SWITCH-Asia programme with 2.2 million USD, to support Mongolian agri-food and beverage SMEs and suppliers in adopting circular economy practices through a market-based green certification and eco-labelling system, capacity building, behaviour change and access to green finance. The project aligns with the country’s national strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 22.7% by 2030. Moreover, this is the first SWITCH-Asia project in the Agri-Food and Beverage Sector to be implemented in Mongolia.

On 21 March 2023, 50 local government officials, agriculture department experts, Jargalant soum Governor's Office, and representatives of small and medium-sized producers attended the launch event that took place in Erdenet, Orkhon, one of the 21 Aimags (provinces) of Mongolia, located in the north of the country. 

Implemented by a consortium of organisations led by People in Need (PIN) in Mongolia, during the event, B. Mungunkhishig, PIN Mongolia Country Director explained, this project is part of our programme’s efforts to support green development and circular economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our goal through its implementation is that SMEs, traders, and end-users in the food, water, and beverage sectors will eventually change their attitudes and behaviour to be more environmentally friendly, ultimately also contributing to the future green development of Mongolia.

E. Nomindari, Mongolian Sustainable Finance Association(MSFA) Executive Director added: SMEs and distributors in the food, water, and beverage industry will receive tailored technical assistance to change their established models to become greener and more environmentally friendly. By introducing eco-labelling to the market, we will achieve green financing and transition to a circular economy.

The Switching On the Green Economy project aims to support 1,500 agri-food and beverage MSMEs, 30 agri-food and beverage business associations (BA), and 750 retailers in adopting circular economy practices through a market-based eco-labelling system.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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