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EcoSouk إكو سوق

EcoSouk is a platform for production, distribution, and innovation to give customers an access to a network of eco-conscious producers, aiding an industrial transition towards regenerative systems and circular economy.

The EcoSouk is developing an online and physical platform to aid access, share ability and material circulation to eco-conscious producers to: increase growth, improve innovation and competitive advantage, increase supply chain and resource security, strengthen access and relationships between customers, employees, providers, and reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Eco-friendly products are “products that do not harm the environment whether in their production, use or disposal”. Such products help sustain the environment by considerably reducing the pollution they could create, Eco-Friendly products can be created from recycled materials or materials that are used in a sustainable way.

Using reusable or recyclable packaging products, eliminating any unnecessary paper and plastic packaging material, and making efficient use of space, distribution, resource and material circulation are the key strategies to shifting towards regenerative consumer habits.

DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Achieving improved productivity and economic growth which provides employment for all in safe working environments, protected by labour rights.

IN LEBANON

While Lebanon’s economy has shown a high level of resilience in the face of regional instability, supported by sectors such as tourism and construction, it has struggled in recent years and growth rates have dropped. Even in previous periods of growth, the economy was unable to generate sufficient jobs, leading to high unemployment rates, especially of women and youth, as well as high emigration of educated youth out of Lebanon.

Did you know that…?

• Despite insecurity, volatility and uncertainty, Lebanon has maintained a modest positive growth in recent years.
• It is estimated that in Lebanon youth unemployment is 21.6%.

By focusing on its strengths, such as a high level of financial and human capital and a strong technology sector, Lebanon can achieve high growth and employment.

INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Fostering innovation and building resilient infrastructure to promote inclusive sustainable industrialization as a driver of sustained economic growth and sustainable development.

IN LEBANON

Lebanon has a reputation for vibrant entrepreneurship and has done a lot to improve the conditions for small businesses to grow. However, additional efforts are needed to modernize the infrastructure, promote innovation and strengthen the industrial sector.

Did you know that…?

• The information and communication technology sector in Lebanon is expected to grow 7.24% annually in the 2015-2018 period.
• Manufacturing exports decreased by almost 30% from 2012 to 2015.
• The estimated cost of traffic congestion in Lebanon is estimated at between 5% and 10% of GDP annually.

Lebanon has the human capital to innovate and develop an industrial sector that is economically and environmentally sustainable and inclusive, helping to maximize jobs and economic opportunities.

RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Sustainable consumption and production involves the efficient management of natural resources and chemicals and the reduction of waste pollutant products.

IN LEBANON

Since 2000, Lebanon has implemented environmental legislation requiring industries to minimize their pollution. However, environmental governance at municipal level and national level regulation and enforcement needs to be further strengthened for better recycling and waste management.

Did you know that…?

• Lebanon was able to reduce consumption of CFC (a substance that depletes the ozone layer) from 928 tons to 0 tons in less than fifteen years.
• In 2010, 17% of household solid waste was recycled while 83% was sent to landfills or open dumps, including potentially hazardous forms of waste.

Raising awareness on the benefits of sustainable consumption and production can lead Lebanon to transform itself into a green economy and significantly reduce its negative impact on the environment.

PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

Building the global and local partnerships that are essential for a country to attain sustainable development, to build capacities, to increase trade and to mobilize financial resources and technologies.

IN LEBANON

Lebanon has created successful partnerships with a number of countries and regional groups to share and enhance knowledge and to increase exports. Lebanon also has a strong business community and a vibrant civil society which can become partners in efforts made towards sustainable development.

Did you know that…?

• Lebanon has been able to reduce its tax rate on imported goods by almost 75% since 2000.
• Lebanon does not have a public private partnership (PPP) legal framework even though a law was drafted in 2007.

Everyone has an important role to play in SDG implementation. Only when Governments, private sector, civil society and citizens join forces through partnerships will we be able to make a difference.

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