30/01/2013

BCRC-Caribbean/GEF Workshop to Enhance the Implementation of the Stockholm Convention in the Caribbean

The BCRC-Caribbean in conjunction with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are hosting a workshop in Trinidad and Tobago in order to enhance the implementation of the Stockholm Convention in the Caribbean Region. The purpose of this workshop is to identify priority areas for support in the sphere of chemical and waste management as they apply to the production, phasing out and elimination of intentional/unintentional Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs/UPOPs) in the region. The main objectives of the workshop are as follows:
  • To develop a regional programme or project(s) in the Caribbean in order to assist countries in the implementation of their obligations under the Stockholm Convention; and
  •  To test an approach of using a Regional Centre set up by the waste and chemical Conventions to assist in the development and subsequent execution of waste and chemical projects.
The intent of the deliberations and decisions that will take place during the workshop is to prepare a Project Concept Note (PCN), of which a first draft has already been developed and circulated among the regional and institutional representatives. The PCN will document the common and overlapping needs of the various member states in the region, consequently identifying projects that can be funded by GEF with the aim of reducing the impacts of POPs and UPOPs, and by extension other chemical wastes on the environment. These projects will then be implemented on a region-wide basis, or in regional clusters over a three to five year period.

The workshop is being held from 19th to 21st February 2013 in Port of Spain and will be attended by representatives of the Stockholm Convention National Focal Points or Official Contact Points of each Party and Signatory to the Stockholm Convention in the Caribbean. As such, a representative from each of the following countries is expected to attend the workshop:
  • Antigua and Barbuda,
  • Barbados,
  • Bahamas,
  • Belize,
  • Cuba,
  • Dominica,
  • Dominican Republic,
  • Guyana,
  • Haiti,
  • Jamaica,
  • St. Kitts and Nevis,
  • St. Lucia,
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
  • Suriname, and
  • Trinidad and Tobago
Representatives from the GEF, UNDP (the Implementing Agency for any future GEF-funded project(s) arising out of the workshop), UNEP, the Secretariat for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (SBRSC), FAO and the BCRC-Caribbean are also participating in the workshop.

Following the workshop, the final PCN developed at the workshop will be converted to a GEF Project Identification Form (PIF) for submission to the GEF in time for the June 2013 "Request for Project Funding" evaluation cycle.More information on the final conclusions arising out of the workshop as well as the agreed programme/project(s) and final PCN will be made available on this site and on the BCRC-Caribbean's Twitter page subsequent to the workshop.