Caribbean Sub-Regional Workshop on Updating National Implementation Plans and POPs Wastes under the Stockholm Convention

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (SBRSC) and the BCRC-Caribbean are holding a Sub-regional Workshop on Updating National Implementation Plans (NIPs) and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Wastes under the Stockholm Convention for the Caribbean. The workshop will be held from 8th to 10th December, 2014 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre. The workshop is expected to have participation from the following Caribbean countries: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
This training workshop aims to enhance the understanding of the Caribbean Parties of their obligations to update and review their NIPs under Article 7 of the Convention in light of the POPs listed in 2009 and 2011. This is in light of the fact that the addition of chemicals to Annexes A,B or C of the Convention triggers the need fro most Parties to review and update their NIPs in accordance with Decision SC-1/12 of the Convention. Moreover, nine (9) new chemicals were added to the Annexes in 2009, while endosulfran and  hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) were added to Annex A of the Convention in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
The workshop is expected to build the capacity of the countries to effectively use the guidance documents and other training tools for the updating of NIPs. This is expected to improve the ability of the Parties to develop effective strategies and action plans towards the elimination of POPs and for the sustained implementation of and compliance with the Convention, with specific reference to the obligations for the transmission of updated NIPs.
The workshop will also provide guidance in evaluating the effectiveness of activities undertaken as a result of implementation of the initial NIPs, evaluation of their impacts and the lessons learnt in order to support the development of more effective strategies for updating NIPs. Furthermore, workshop participants will be trained on the technical guidelines on POPs and POPs-containing wastes developed under the Basel Convention.
Upon its completion, the training workshop is expected to assist the Caribbean countries in overcoming their challenges in reviewing and updating their NIPs as the Stockholm Convention evolves and in ensuring that the guidance available under the Convention are fully utilised by the Parties as they implement and comply with the Convention over time.