The SWITCH-Asia programme

Any donor
European Union
Geographical focus: 
East Asia and the Pacific
South Asia
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Energy in Tourism
Sustainability of natural resources in Tourism
Intro text: 
The European Commission has designed and developed a SWITCH-Asia programme. Its goal is to promote economic prosperity and help reduce poverty in Asia by encouraging a sustainable growth with low environmental impact from industries and consumers, in line with international environmental agreements and processes. The implementation of this project goes to the UN agencies and in particular to UNEP.

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Geographic focus


Who can apply?

Representative offices and/or EU Delegations in the Asian countries that are eligible under the programme:

  • NGO's;
  • Universities;
  • Local traders’ associations and citizens’ groups;
  • Cooperatives;
  • Trade unions;
  • Consumer organizations; and
  • Teaching, cultural, research and scientific organizations.

Objectives and activities

Objective: It aims to promote sustainable products, processes, services and consumption patterns in Asia by improving cooperation with European retailers, producer and consumer organizations and the public sector.  

Activities: The programme intends to achieve:

  • A higher use of environmentally friendly technologies and practices by business;
  • A switch by consumers to less damaging behaviors and consumption patterns;
  • The implementation and reinforcement of environmental and safety legal instruments;
  • The development and application of effective economic instruments that enhance SCP;
  • A better policy dialogue on SCP in Asia; and
  • Greater dialogue on Asian SCP priorities and needs at an international level.

Examples of tourism-related actions eligible for funding:

  • Greening Hotels; and
  • Zero Carbon Resorts towards Sustainable Development.

Type and level of funding

The programme is funded through the Development Cooperation Instrument. For 2014-2015, the total cost is EUR 22 940 000.

Financial assistance is provided in the form of direct management and grants via a call for proposals.