Programmes, projects, and pilot initiatives
Within a context of rapid global changes, economic actors in the Maghreb, the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa are invited to rapidly improve their competitiveness and upgrade from the environmental point of view. To follow these trends and adequately implement environmental policies, these actors need strategic and technical support. Environmental issues related with their field of work are complex and cannot be solved unless we take into consideration several factors on the local, national and international levels. Within this framework, sba
has set up programmes, projects, and pilot initiatives to back these partner countries in their environmental approach.
During the last 15 years, sba
has acquired an extensive experience in sustainable development. Thus, sba
launched the DELTA programme
and implemented it starting 1995 with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The aim of the programme was to provide economic actors willing to improve their environmental performance with the necessary means to do so. Thanks to its network linking partners from 11 countries of the Middle East and North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey) the programme fostered and reinforced exchanges and skills in the field of eco-management.
In this same perspective, the Cleaner Production project, launched in 2004, aimed to contribute to the development of sustainable industrial production methods in Jordan.
Finally, since waste management is among the major concerns of any economic activity, sba
, with its partners, developed thematic guides, implemented pilot projects and conducted targeted studies.
In the context of its activities, sba
promotes the integration of the stakes of social responsibility within the socio-economic activities. To this effect, in 2008, sba
set up mechanisms and excellence awards with its partners in this domain. To promote its action in favour of the development of local communities, sba
started social projects in 2007.
Since 2007, sba
also worked for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in partnership with the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism to promote sustainable tourism
for around 50 hotels in Morocco. Having an extensive experience in this domain, sba
, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, offered its know how to professionals of the sector in the implementation of accompanying mechanism in favour of sustainable tourism.
In the context of its activities with the United Nations, sba
, Ecosys and their partners have set up environmental economic evaluation programmes in some countries of Sub Saharan Africa to establish the links between the standards of living and environmental management. This approach, a new variation of the meso-economic studies launched in 2001 in the Maghreb and Middle Eastern countries (MESO programme
) to promote environmental economics, is used as a decision-making tool.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
In 2008, and in order to evaluate the relations between the environment and the socio-economic sectors, sba
and its partners started strategic environmental assessment studies. These studies are important constituents of the decision-making and planning processes to integrate environmental considerations in the policies, plans and programmes.