The BCRC-Caribbean, in conjunction with UNIDO, held a Regional Project Initiation Workshop in support of the GEF Project 5558 (Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POPs in the Caribbean under the Stockholm Convention).

The workshop was held at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel and Conference Centre in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad over a two day period from 14th to 15th April, 2016. Representatives were present from all of the 8 participating countries which include, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, St. Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago. Dr. Alfredo Cueva, the Industrial Development Officer for the Stockholm Convention Unit of UNIDO, was also in attendance, as well as the International Consultant from UNIDO, Dr. Szabolcs Fejes.

The workshop enabled participants to assist in finalizing several technical, administrative and financial elements of the project in order to facilitate the development of management mechanisms for the control of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Caribbean countries.

GEF 5558 Project Initiation Workshop participants

GEF 5558 Project Initiation Workshop participants

UNIDO representatives met with the BCRC-Caribbean Director and Head of the Project Management Unit

UNIDO representatives met with the BCRC-Caribbean Director and Head of the Project Management Unit

UNIDO representative, Dr. Alfredo Cueva, gave an opening address and high hopes for the implementation of the project

UNIDO representative, Dr. Alfredo Cueva, gave an opening address and high hopes for the implementation of the project

UNIDO International Consultant, Dr. Szabolcs Fejes, discussed the development of demonstration facilities in Belize and Suriname for the management of POPs

UNIDO International Consultant, Dr. Szabolcs Fejes, discussed the development of demonstration facilities in Belize and Suriname for the management of POPs

Representatives from Belize and Suriname were in attendance

Representatives from Belize and Suriname were in attendance