03/02/2012

1st Workshop for Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centres in Latin America & the Caribbean

The Basel Convention Regional Centre for the Caribbean Region was invited to participate in a workshop for the Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centres of the Latin America and Caribbean Region (GRULAC Regional Centres) from 18th to 20th January 2012. The workshop was organised and facilitated by the Stockholm Convention Coordinating Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Companhia Ambiental do Estado de Sao Paulo (CETESB) in São Paulo, Brazil.

The goal of this workshop was to facilitate discussions towards the development of a plan of action in order to coordinate, strengthen and enhance the joint implementation of the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions within the GRULAC region. Such action was prioritised upon adoption of the following decisions of the most recent Conference of the Parties (COP) of the three waste and chemical management Conventions:
  • IX/10: Cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
  • SC-4/34: Regional and sub-regional centres for capacity—building and transfer of technology
  • RC-4/11: Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
The workshop followed a previous meeting via teleconference held on December 20th 2011 and constituted the first face to face meeting of this network of Regional Centres in order to achieve the cooperation and coordination requested by the COPs as per the decisions above and as directed by the Executive Secretary of the Basel/Stockholm/Rotterdam Conventions by letter of December 15th 2011.

Some of the participants during day 1  
The workshop resulted in the development of a draft project workplan for the network of Regional Centres to promote coordination and cooperation in accordance with the waste and chemical management conventions and the priority themes previously highlighted during the workshop. The draft plan also identified the following projects as possible regional projects whereby collaboration amongst various Centres can readily take place. The workplan will be finalised by the SCRC-Brazil, who is taking a coordinating role in this matter, and communicated to all of the GRULAC Regional Centres for action. It was also noted that regular meetings and communication will be maintained in order to ensure the enhanced cooperation of the Centres in the region.The proceedings and outcomes of the workshop are detailed in the Centre's final report.