In 2018, supported by an Asian Development Bank technical assistance, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) of the Philippines started formulating an action plan for sustainable consumption and production that supports the country's long-term vision of AmBisyon Natin 2040—for the average Filipino to have a strongly-rooted, comfortable, secure and peaceful life by 2040. Realizing this vision requires a healthy environment and the sustainable use of natural resources to be achieved whilst pursuing continuous economic progress. However, in talking about a sustainable future for Filipinos, many are still not clear what this looks like and what needs to be done, not only at an institutional level, but also at a community and individual level.
The resulting action plan is the product of a year of research and consultation that helped achieve the following:
1. Understand the issues related to consumption and production in the Philippines, and the applicability of a circular economy model;
2. Identify pathways for intervention, and draft the action plan; and
3. Consult with stakeholders in order to refine the action plan and facilitate its adoption.
Original article published at Development Asia