Regional Invitation to Pre-qualify for the Provision of Technical Consultancy Services to the BCRC-Caribbean

The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean (BCRC-Caribbean) is an autonomous corporate body, established by Act #2 of 2008, Chapter 35:49 of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Its primary mandate is to assist countries in the Caribbean to comply with and implement the provisions of the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, as well as the other multilateral environmental treaties in the focal area of waste and chemicals management.

In an effort to adequately meet its mandate of service to Party States to the waste and chemicals Conventions in the Caribbean, the BCRC-Caribbean now invites all suitably qualified individuals or organizations to submit applications to prequalify for the provision of technical consultancy services in the following categories:
  • Policy and Best Practice Formulation and Implementation in the Waste and Chemicals Management Sector.
  • Institutional / Human Resource Capacity Development in the Waste and Chemicals Management Sector.
  • Design and Implementation of Training Modules and Training Programmes in Waste & Chemicals Management.
  • Public Education and Public Awareness.
  • Technology Development Implementation in Waste and Chemicals Management.

Pre-Qualification will be based on meeting minimum criteria in the areas of work experience and references, adequacy and suitability of qualifications and availability of key personnel, financial capability, and statutory and regulatory compliance.


Introductory Workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean

The BCRC-Caribbean and the Secretariat for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (SBRSC) will be hosting an Introductory Workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean. The workshop will be held at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel and Conference Centre in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from 8th to 10th October, 2014.

This workshop is a major component of the SBRSC-funded Sub-regional Programme on the Sound Management of Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention, which is being jointly implemented in the Caribbean by the BCRC-Caribbean and the Secretariat. This Programme seeks to address the capacity development necessary for ensuring the sound management of industrial chemicals at the national level across the region and is expected to achieve the following objectives:
  • To facilitate capacity-development of developing country Parties to assess and manage risks, prepare and communicate import responses, and take decisions on final regulatory actions for hazardous industrial chemicals listed under the Rotterdam Convention in accordance with the PIC procedure;
  • To provide an opportunity for the promotion and coordination of integrated implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions; and
  • To generate on-the-ground results and experiences that will also be fed as case studies into the electronic toolbox of the Inter-Organisation Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) that assists countries at differing levels of economic, technical and institutional development to manage industrial chemicals.


Special High-level Event for the Signature and Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

In October 2013, the Government of Japan hosted the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Kumamoto, Japan, which was preceded by a preparatory meeting and ceremonial opening. The Conference allowed for the adoption of the final text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which signified the adoption of the first new international treaty on hazardous substances in over ten (10) years.

The Minamata Convention is a legally-binding global environmentally treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury, a toxic, heavy metal. The Convention focuses on the anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds by way of providing a framework for controlling and reducing the range of products, industries and processes where mercury is used, released and/or emitted, using a life-cycle approach.


Regional Validation Workshop for the GEF-funded Full-Sized Project 'Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POPs in the Caribbean'

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.


BCRC-Caribbean 'Pardon the E-waste Interruption' at the 30th AGM of the Caribbean Network of Telecommunications Operators

The BCRC-Caribbean was invited to participate in the 30th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Caribbean Network of Telecommunications Operators (CANTO). The event was organised by the CANTO Secretariat in collaboration with the Caribbean’s largest telecommunications company, LIME (Landline, Internet, Mobile, Entertainment) and was held from 25th to 28th January, 2014 at the Half Moon Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

In light of its most recently established committee; the Working Committee for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and the identification of the issue of handset disposal as a key item for the CSR agenda among CANTO members, CANTO initiated contact with the BCRC-Caribbean to incorporate discussion of the e-waste issue at its 30th AGM. Subsequent to initial discussions throughout the last quarter of 2013, the BCRC-Caribbean was invited to hold an e-waste forum as part of the AGM’s proceedings.