Meeting to discuss tackling POPs in the Wider Caribbean Region

Eight Caribbean Countries meet to discuss a new integrated regional project on ‘Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Management Mechanism for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Caribbean’

The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean is hosting a Project Inception Technical Meeting for its new integrated regional project ‘Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Management Mechanism for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Caribbean’. The meeting is being held in Trinidad and Tobago from 15-17 September 2015.

For a long time, Caribbean countries have had to deal with pollution from improper and unsafe chemicals and waste management practices. In line with the new international sustainable development priorities, eight Caribbean countries have decided to tackle the issue with the development of this new management project which aims to build both institutional and human resource capacity to deal with POPs.

Through the update of their National Implementation Plans (NIPs), these eight participating Caribbean countries, namely Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia,St. Vincent and the Grenadines,Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago have agreed to reduce and/or eliminate the threat of POPs. During this technical meeting, GEF project implementing and executing agencies and the project recipient countries will work to finalise technical, administrative and financial elements of the project. The first meeting also seeks to promote the establishment of the relevant project working committees and primary project liaison persons as well as the creation of the project component execution schedules, monitoring, evaluation, auditing and project management systems.

The project has five (5) main components:

  1. Creating the enabling mechanisms in the Caribbean for effective implementation of the Stockholm Convention;
  2. Reduction of unintentionally produced Persistent Organic. Pollutants (POPs) emission by improving poor waste management practices at landfills;
  3. Assessment of potential contaminated sites to determine level of soil and groundwater contamination by POPs and ODS and develop appropriate remediation strategies;
  4. Protect the environment and human health by safely managing and disposing of stockpiles of PCB; and
  5. Impact monitoring and evaluation.

The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and coordinated bythe Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training andTechnology Transfer for the Caribbean(BCRC-Caribbean), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (SBRSC).

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