The METABUILD project was part of the European Union funded SWITCH-Asia Programme and has been implemented from March 2016 until February 2020. METABUILD specifically targeted the metal industry supplying to the building & construction sector across Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Apart from direct industry support to over 400 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), the project also worked extensively with different stakeholders from the SME ecosystem to strengthen the Resource Efficient Cleaner Production (RECP) & Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) aspects in the region.
Policy makers were a key stakeholder group targeted in the METABUILD approach to strengthen RECP & SCP frameworks in focus countries. A comprehensive policy framework around RECP is required in order to establish and enforce clear-cut regulations on resource, water and energy efficiency, to embed and orchestrate various existing initiatives around RECP and to create awareness for the issue of sustainable production processes and for the regulatory, financial and societal requirements to foster RECP.
This report includes policy briefs from Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. These policy briefs explain the current policy scenario in focus countries in regards to RECP & SCP frameworks. They also emphasise main issues in policy framework and implementation and provide expert recommendations. As part of our policy advocacy activities embedded in the METABUILD project, we held the METABUILD Regional Policy Dialogue in New Delhi, India, in November 2019. This three-day event provided an opportunity to facilitate exchange between policymakers, practitioners, sector experts and development experts from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. It resulted in designing and discussing innovative policy prototype instruments that promote RECP in these countries. This report also explains the current challenges and potential solutions for improving the RECP & SCP scenario in focus countries through prototyping approach.