Independent terminal evaluation. Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme (GEIPP) (UNIDO project No. 170222)

Evaluation report on Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme (GEIPP).pdf


This report presents the evaluation of the Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme (GEIPP), a five-year initiative launched in December 2018. GEIPP aims to demonstrate the benefits of eco-industrial park approaches in improving resource productivity and promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development. It consists of two main components: country-level interventions and global knowledge development. The country-level interventions focus on incentivizing and mainstreaming eco-industrial parks in national policies and regulations, as well as supporting the implementation of eco-industrial park opportunities by enterprises. The global knowledge development component aims to generate and disseminate knowledge from past and present UNIDO interventions to inform strategies and policies. The program covered seven pilot countries, including Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Peru, South Africa, Ukraine, and Vietnam, with a total of 21 eco-industrial parks. The evaluation identified several lessons and recommendations. It emphasized the importance of supporting environmentally friendly innovation while ensuring the inclusion of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It also highlighted the need to strengthen partnerships within the UN system, promote collaboration among UNIDO programs, and prioritize system-wide approaches. Recommendations included addressing socioeconomic aspects, improving communication and feedback mechanisms, and supporting SMEs in adopting eco-industrial practices. Overall, the evaluation underscored the significance of eco-industrial park approaches in improving resource productivity and fostering sustainable industrial development. It emphasized the importance of integrating these approaches into national policies, supporting enterprises in implementing them, and sharing knowledge and lessons learned internationally. The findings and recommendations aim to enhance the effectiveness and impact of GEIPP and similar initiatives in the future.

Report Details


  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Report Type

  • Project/Programme


  • Global

Completed Date

  • Feb 2024

Consultant Name

  • Mr. David TODD (Team leader); and Mr. Rafael LORENZINI ((Team member, Specialist on eco-industrial parks and cleaner production)

Agency Focal Person

  • Mr. Javier GUARNIZO

Agency Focal Person Email



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Joint Evaluation

  • No

Pooled Funding Evaluation

  • N/A


  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals