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.

These PPG activities were either done solely by the Centre or in conjunction with UNIDO in order to develop the final project document that will guide the project during its implementation phase and which articulates all of the project components, its budget and other key elements. The PPG phase for the GEF 5558 Project has now reached an advanced stage and a draft of the project document has been presented to the eight (8) project countries, which are as follows:
  • Antigua and Barbuda,
  • Barbados,
  • Belize,
  • St. Kitts and Nevis,
  • St. Lucia,
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
  • Suriname, and
  • Trinidad and Tobago.
It is in light of this that the BCRC-Caribbean and UNIDO will host a Regional Validation Workshop for the GEF Project  'Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POPs in the Caribbean'. This meeting will take place from 25th to 26th September, 2014 at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel and Conference Centre in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
The workshop is being held in order to finalise all of the technical, administrative and financial elements of the project that were discussed and advanced by the BCRC-Caribbean in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders during its Advanced Country Missions and National Town Meetings in each of the project countries of the Caribbean during the PPG phase. As a result, the workshop is expected to achieve the following objectives:
  • To present and refine the draft logical framework, budget and work plan and arrangements for the project that were developed from the outcomes of the PPG activities and stakeholder discussions and are incorporated in the project document;
  • To provide an official forum through which consensus among regional stakeholders will be reached and the project will be collectively validated by the countries; and
  • To foster collaboration and information sharing among the project countries and regional and international project entities in advance of official project implementation.
It is expected that the draft project document will be validated by the GEF Operational Focal Points and Stockholm Convention Focal Points / Contact Points participating in this workshop on behalf of the respective project countries, prior to its submission to the GEF Secretariat and its CEO.
Further information on the project and the workshop, including the provisional agenda for the workshop, can be found in the official Aide-Mémoire for the workshop.