Environmental Governance Programme
The Environmental Governance Programme, funded by The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), focuses on sustainable natural resource management.
Towards sustainable natural resource management
The Environmental Governance Programme (EGP) for Sustainable Natural Resource Management 2020-2023 is a continuation of the programme launched in 2014 by The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) in collaboration with The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). EGP takes an integrated approach to sustainable natural resource management that focuses on impacting the drivers of conflict, environmental degradation, inequality, exclusion, and poverty simultaneously.
On national level, EGP supports ten countries to integrate environmental sustainability, human rights and rule of law into the governance of the mining sector. These countries are Mongolia, Kirgizstan, Liberia, Namibia, Kenya, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, and Zambia. On community level, EGP works to support less well-off groups like women, youth and minorities to participate in decision-making and monitoring. EGP works at the global and regional level to support the exchange of experience and approaches to common problems across countries and regions.
Another collaboration within EGP is with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Sustainable United Nations (SUN) to improve the environmental management systems of the UN. Working with the UN-system gives opportunity to impact the global environmental standards.
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has through EGP 2014-2019 contributed to the global discussion and understanding of the importance to take an integrated approach of the environmental and human rights sector. Government agencies in countries working with the Programme have reached a higher capacity to govern natural resources within the mining sector in line with international environmental agreements and human rights. The environmental management systems of the UN have improved, and international standards have developed into bridging research and politics concerning ecosystems accounting for decision-making.
Cooperation with international organizations
The Environmental Governance Programme is carried out by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), Sustainable United Nations (SUN), World Bank (WB), UN Environmental Management Group (EMG), Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals and Metals (IGF), UN Women, UN Volunteers, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (Unitar), Women in Mining, Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), Source International, Learning for Nature, Stockholm University (SU), Lund University (LU), among others.