Dashboard Shows Environmental Impacts of Exports from Africa and South Asian Countries

The tool helps governments and businesses understand how exports are hurting the local environment, so they can better align environmental, trade and industrial policies Every year, many developing countries export billions of dollars in manufactured products

New Fresh Produce Impact Hub to Find Innovative Solutions to Plastic Pollution

Blue Skies and Waitrose & Partners have launched the Fresh Produce Impact Hub to identify ground-breaking, sustainable solutions to challenges in the fresh produce industry.

UK Aid Partnering with UNCTAD to Tackle Plastics Pollution

SMEP has selected ten projects to support, to tackle plastics pollution in Africa and Southeast Asia

The FlipFlopi Project is Combating Marine Plastic in the Indian Ocean

On the 19th February 2022, the FlipFlopi Project launched a baseline study to map the impacts of marine litter in the Lamu Archipelago in the Western Indian Ocean and aim to provide alternative sustainable materials to build traditional sailing boats in the region.


Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution (SMEP) programme has been established by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and is implemented in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The programme activities aim to generate cutting-edge scientific evidence that can improve existing knowledge of the environmental health and socio-economic impacts of selected manufacturing sectors across target countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The programme will also identify technology-based solutions to address the most pressing environmental health issues associated with manufacturing in focus countries and invest in developing business processes and systems to promote the uptake of pollution control solutions. In addition, the programme will address plastic pollution and support the development of material substitution and biodegradation options.

FCDO has committed £24.6 million to the delivery of research and related interventions to meet programme objectives.The SMEP programme was commissioned in mid-2019 and will run until the end of 2024.


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