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"Navigating Sustainability: Unveiling Responsible Consumption and Production in Developing Economies for SDG 12 Achievement"

Yeboah, Samuel (2023): "Navigating Sustainability: Unveiling Responsible Consumption and Production in Developing Economies for SDG 12 Achievement".

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This systematic review delves into the realm of sustainable consumption and production practices within developing economies, aligning with the objectives of SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). Encompassing diverse geographical regions spanning Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands, this review synthesizes a range of studies to offer a comprehensive perspective on the challenges and opportunities these nations encounter on their path toward sustainability. The review encompasses an array of research methodologies, including qualitative case studies, surveys, data-driven analyses, life cycle assessments, and policy evaluations. These methodologies collectively shed light on various facets of responsible consumption and production patterns. The themes explored in the reviewed studies include consumer behaviour and awareness, circular economy and waste management, sustainable supply chains, and the role of eco-labelling and certification programs. Key findings from the studies underline the pivotal role of circular economy practices, sustainable supply chains, eco-labelling, and consumer awareness in driving responsible consumption and production. The adoption of circular economy principles is essential for minimizing waste generation and optimizing resource use. Sustainable supply chains, coupled with responsible sourcing, alleviate environmental and social impacts. Eco-labelling schemes influence consumer choices, while education empowers informed decisions. Amidst challenges such as limited waste management infrastructure and access to sustainable products, opportunities arise from embracing innovation, public-private partnerships, stakeholder engagement, and leveraging traditional practices. Addressing these challenges and seizing opportunities is vital for developing economies to successfully transition toward sustainable development, aligned with SDG 12. In conclusion, this review emphasizes the importance of integrating sustainable consumption and production practices in developing economies. The presented insights provide a roadmap for policymakers, businesses, and communities to collaboratively navigate challenges and harness opportunities, thereby laying the groundwork for a resilient and sustainable future.

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