The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean Region (BCRC-Caribbean) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) have collaborated in order to develop and implement a full-sized Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project entitled 'Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POPs in the Caribbean' (GEF 5558 Project). The GEF 5558 Project was developed in light of the shortcomings faced by Caribbean countries in implementing the Stockholm Convention and addressing the threats posed by persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to human and environmental health at the national level.
The project was originally conceptualised by regional representatives at the BCRC-Caribbean's Workshop to Enhance the Implementation of the Stockholm Convention in the Caribbean Region, held by the Centre in February 2013 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The initial project concept (Project Identification Form) was first submitted by UNIDO to the GEF in September 2013 and was approved for inclusion into the GEF Work Programme by the GEF Council in November 2013. Subsequently, the BCRC-Caribbean began the process of executing a series of activities as a part of the project preparation (PPG) phase for the project in accordance with the GEF project cycle and its requirements.