Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro

SWITCH-Asia launches seven new projects in Central Asia

27/02/2020 - 09:02

The second phase of SWITCH-Asia was launched in 2018, and in June 2019, the programme was extended to the five Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The Central Asian countries have participated in the grants programme in 2019 and 7 projects were selected, to be implemented from 2020.

March 3, 2020 - Official launch of seven grant projects in Central Asia was carried out under the SWITCH-Asia program, aimed at supporting sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and the transition to a low-carbon, green and more closed economy in Asia. The event was attended by project implementing organizations to discuss common problems and opportunities for introducing SCP in the region, establishing dialogue with governments, and expanding the scope and replication of SCP practices at both the country and regional levels.

In addition, the project was attended by grantees of new projects, representatives of the ministries of five Central Asian countries, organizations supporting SCP and the green economy in the region, as well as representatives of European Union delegations.

In his welcoming speech, the European Union Ambassador to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Eduards Stiprais, noted: “Europe and Central Asia are faced with the same patterns of consumption and production. “Reduction, reuse and recycling” has become a new motto in Europe. This new approach affects not only the work of our business, but also on the behavior of citizens, regular consumers: act more responsibly!"

The European Union launched the SWITCH-Asia Asian Program in 2007 to support sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and the transition to a low-carbon, green and more closed economy in Asia. The program currently covers 24 countries in Asia.

In 2019, the program was extended to five countries of Central Asia. In total, 23 new projects are being implemented under the program, of which 7 were selected for Central Asia.
SWITCH-Asia programs fund pilot projects that help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) adopt cleaner technologies and more sustainable manufacturing practices, as well as help consumers act more responsibly in their daily choices.

Projects play a key role in the program, as their results are designed to facilitate political dialogue with governments in partner countries.

Below you can find the list of Projects and Event Agenda

PDF iconList of SWITCH-Asia Projects for Central Asia

PDF iconGrants_launch_Agenda


For further information about SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility, please visit


Media Contact:

Sara Gabai,

Communication and Knowledge Expert

SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility


T: +66 (0) 2 651 8799 ext. 20


SWITCH-Asia was launched in 2007 with funding from the European Union and for more than a decade, the Programme has been committed to advancing the progress on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in many countries across Asia and Central Asia, 19 in the first phase and 24 since 2019. The support of the programme in Central Asia is framed around two strategic components:

The Sustainable Consumption and Production Facility – implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and adelphi.

The SWITCH-Asia Grant Programme – managed by the Directorate-General for International Coopeon and Development of the European Commission.




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