07/06/2013

BCRC-Caribbean Workshop for Capacity Development in the Environmentally Sound Management of Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment in the Caribbean

The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean Region (BCRC-Caribbean), in collaboration with the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, is holding a three-day regional event entitled “Workshop for Capacity Development in the Environmentally Sound Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in the Caribbean”. The workshop is scheduled to take place from 09th to 11th July, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Centre in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

This workshop is being organised in recognition of the wide-reaching issues associated with the management of the complex and ever-increasing stream of used and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE/e-waste) being generated across the Caribbean. Ensuring the environmentally sound management (ESM) of this waste stream is already a priority concern for stakeholders in the sector and amongst all of the other waste issues being experienced by the Caribbean countries.

However, achieving the ESM of WEEE has proven to be a perennial challenge for the region and is one that must be addressed in a strategic manner, and on a regional or sub-regional basis, given the constantly evolving nature of the stream. Moreover, the responses to this issue should also be able to recognise and maximise the social and economic benefits that are associated with the ESM of these wastes.
 
With this scenario in mind, the workshop has the following objectives:
  • To develop a holistic understanding of WEEE management issues across the region and raise awareness of the issue and on the importance of the ESM of WEEE to sustainable development;
  • To provide expert training in the four PACE guidelines for the ESM of WEEE as well as their importance to Basel Convention implementation;
  • To strengthen cooperation and communication on environmentally sound e-waste management across the Caribbean sub-region; and
  • To build capacity in the region to manage e-wastes internally and/or at a sub-regional cluster level, thereby negating the current trend of off-island disposal and consequently giving rise to new entrepreneurial activity in recovery and recycling.

The presentations and discussions that will take place out of the workshop are expected to further elaborate on the true nature of the region’s needs and the gaps that exist in responding to the WEEE management challenge, including those that affect private sector investment in this emerging business activity. This will be achieved through inputs from a variety of regional and international stakeholders including:
  • Representatives from national solid waste agencies and Focal Points of the Basel Convention from throughout the Caribbean;
  • Private sector interests such as e-waste brokers, recyclers, telecommunications companies and major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs);
  • Regional organisations;
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in the management of WEEE.

The workshop is also expected to build the technical capacity of key stakeholders involved in the management of WEEE at the national level in order to provide a baseline framework for developing responses and solutions pursuant to the Basel Convention.
 
Lastly, it is anticipated that the workshop will result in the development of a strategy and action plan to implement the ESM of WEEE at both the regional and national levels. All of the workshop participants are expected to be engaged and actively work towards the development of these multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder activities that will feed directly into future activities that will lead to effectively preparing and improving the ESM of WEEE throughout the Caribbean.
 
A briefing note as well as the provisional draft agenda for the workshop can be downloaded here. For more information on this workshop, please contact Ms. Jonelle Jones of the BCRC-Caribbean at jonellerj.bcrc@gmail.com or via telephone at +1 868 628 8369.