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Industry Track 2: Regional Exchange on Next Steps for Scaling-up Sustainable Production


How did this session build understanding and ownership for the scaling up process?


This session was designed to:

  • enable the 8 participating Country Teams to
    • comprehend the core concepts of “scaling up perspectives?, “levels of intervention?, and “leverage points? (which were introduced through a Green Paper in Spring 2016 to support the teams in reflecting about how to effectively scale up the MED TEST II approach and its outputs)
    • gain a model (process) to apply these concepts in order to advance their individual and collective thinking about specific scaling up actions that could be implemented
  • identify some potential next steps towards developing their respective National Chapters as a contribution to the overall Scaling Up Study by asking the teams to identify:
    • the work to be done and in which timeframe – as a means to clarify ownership for the development of the National Chapters
    • what support they would need from CAPRESE / UNIDO / SCP/RAC – reflecting the notion that the teams are autonomous, further anchoring their sense of ownership




Approach: In which ways were the Country Teams engaged in strategic reflection? 

At the beginning of 2016, the UNIDO MED TEST II Regional Coordination Team stressed the importance of leveraging the work done by the Country Teams on policy instruments. The scheduling of the scaling up sessions acknowledged this principle and was designed to follow on from the October 19th morning session facilitated by UNIDO in which the Country Teams presented the work done on Policy Baseline Reviews and Policy Instrument Proposals. In most cases, this policy work was performed by external consultants. Both the October 19th morning session and the October 19th afternoon scaling up session were designed to build a common understanding of this foundation work, engage all stakeholders, and facilitate an exchange of thought on policy instruments.


To maximise scaling up impact with the limited resources available, it was and continues to be essential for all Country Teams to think strategically about how they would like to scale up sustainable production practices through improving resource efficiency. Changes in policy can certainly foster the right market conditions to promote resource efficiency, but in isolation, they stand little chance of having the desired impact.


While some countries already have the political infrastructure and legal framework to incite industrial actors to embrace sustainable manufacturing approaches, these legal frameworks are rarely backed up with measures to enforce the existing policy.


Therefore, the October 19th afternoon scaling up session was designed to decouple the work done on policy instruments from the objective of scaling up and to decouple the seemingly linked concepts of Actions, Leverage Points, and Impacts. By decoupling these concepts, the participants could highlight gaps in their strategic plans. In most cases, there was a recognition of how few of the previously-conceived plans for action had been developed within a strategic, results-oriented, methodical manner.


The scaling up session was moderated by Eli De Friend and Joyce Miller (CAPRESE) and Matthew Lagod (SCP/RAC Networking Facility), with strategic remarks injected during the process by:


  • Stephan Sicars (UNIDO), who intervened to stress the importance of scaling up resource efficiency now and alluded to potential collaboration within the region to foster the change of mindsets and practices beyond national borders.


  • Nicola Di Pietrantonio (European Commission), who reminded the participants that the European Union, as the SwitchMed programme sponsor, is very keen to observe how MED TEST II is performing and will continue to monitor progress moving forward.


The Country Teams were:

1)      Introduced to a mechanism for thinking about scaling up and taken through process this step-by-step, using the Policy level of intervention as an initial focus. The same process can be applied in future by the teams for the other levels of intervention (Operations, Management, Mindset)

2)      Given an overview of a potential way forward (including roles & responsibilities) and then they brainstormed ideas about next steps, which both the Country Teams and the SCP/RAC Networking Facility can take into account within strategic planning and for identifying the support that is needed and could be available to the countries in developing the content for their National Chapter as a contribution to the overall Scaling Up Study



Group Work Outcomes

In the first group work session on October 19th, the 8 Country Teams focussed on the “Policy? level of intervention at a national level. As time was limited, this single level of intervention was used to introduce the approach of brainstorming Actions, Leverage Points, and Impacts that could help to scale up the approach and outputs of the MED TEST II programme. This work was done by each of the teams working at a pinboard. The teams were guided along this step-by-step process designed to foster creativity and contribution on the part of all team members:

  1. First brainstorm ideas
  2. Then consolidate, cluster, and categorise the ideas
  3. Then prioritise the ideas through a democratic process

In future, the Country Teams can use this same step-by-step process to address the other levels of intervention (Operations, Management, and Mindset).



As an example of the type of results generated, the Israeli team found linkages between some of the actions they could undertake, desired impacts, and areas where a small amount of effort could be applied, which could result in a significant impact (i.e. leverage point)

During a second group session on October 20th, participants had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the Actions, Leverage Points, and Impacts identified by other Country Teams through a “Regional Marketplace?.

Then, returning to their Country Team pinboards, the participants considered and documented the Next Steps for scaling up MED TEST II in which they would engage in order to draw up “National Chapters? for the overall Scaling Up Study. This output aims to document the processes and learning experience of the current programme. In discussing their envisaged Next Steps, the Country Teams were asked to consider time frames and resources required.



As an example of the type of results generated, the Jordanian team identified options for Next Steps, analysed their advantages & disadvantages, selected a way forward, and identified specific steps and a timeframe for developing the content of their National Chapter contribution to the overall Scaling Up Study


Annex 1 contains the results generated by all 8 Country Teams during this session.


Participants in Action during Group Work



The Scaling Up Session benefitted from the participation of National Focal Points. Here, the representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Industry used this session as an opportunity to clarify and build mutual understanding




The 5-member Tunisian team used this occasion to discuss and document their ideas for next steps, including timelines for
intended action


Next Steps Mentioned at the End of the Session

  • The CAPRESE team committed to documenting the outputs of the session
  • The outputs would then be validated by the respective country teams
  • Then this workshop summary would be communicated to a wider audience
  • In the meantime, CAPRESE, SCP/RAC and UNIDO PMU will liaise with the Country Teams to monitor their progress on their Next Steps and to offer support


To download  Algeria Annex 1 click here.

To download Egypt Annex 1 click here. 

To download Israel Annex 1 click here.

To download Jordan Annex 1 click here. 

To download Lebanon Annex 1 click here. 

To download Maroc Annex 1 click here. 

To download Palestine Annex 1 click here. 

To download Tunisia Annex 1 click here.