The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations Development Programme launched in 2014 the Environmental Governance Programme (EGP) for Sustainable Natural Resource Management, focusing on the mining sector.
The EGP supports countries to integrate environmental and human rights protection into the governance of the mining sector. The Phase One (2014-2019) provided targeted support to four countries: Colombia, Kenya, Mongolia, and Mozambique. Other resource-rich countries have joined the Phase Two (2020-2023) of the programme, namely: Argentina, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Namibia, Peru and Zambia. The EGP also works at the global and regional level to support the exchange of innovative policy approaches within and across countries and regions.
Using the nexus between the environment and human rights as a lens, the EGP takes an integrated approach to sustainable natural resource management, that focuses on addressing the drivers of conflict, environmental degradation, inequality, exclusion, and poverty simultaneously.
The EGP is fully funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.