On August 13 and 14, 2018, the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean Region (BCRC-Caribbean) hosted a two day workshop entitled, Second (2nd) Regional Stakeholders Workshop:  Towards a Model Legal Framework for Chemicals Management.  This workshop was in support of the broader Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded regional project entitled, The Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in eight (8) Caribbean countries.  The participating countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, The Republic of Suriname and The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

The workshop was facilitated by a team of Legal Consultants consisting of Christine Toppin-Allahar, Fiona Pompey Handl, Nancy del Prado and socioeconomic/institutional specialist Patricia Mendoza.  The workshop was held at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre (Day 1) and Asa Wright Nature Centre (Day 2).

The Consultancy team (Christine Toppin-Allahar, Fiona Pompey Handl, Nancy del Prado and Patricia Mendoza) were contracted by the BCRC-Caribbean in November 2017 to draft a regional model Integrated Chemicals Management Act.  To inform the drafting of the Model Act, the Consultants undertook an assessment of the legislative, regulatory and institutional capacity of each participating country to manage chemicals. These assessments were conducted in the first quarter of 2018 and the general findings concerning the existing laws and institutional arrangements for chemicals management in the region were presented by the Consultants at the First (1st) Regional Stakeholders’ Workshop which was held on May 31, 2018 in Antigua and Barbuda.  The Consultants also led a discussion with the participants on the elements/recommendations for the draft regional Model Act, which was subsequently developed and circulated to the countries’ in July 2018 for their review.

At the Second (2nd) Regional Stakeholder’s Workshop the Discussion Draft of the regional model Integrated Chemicals Management Act was reviewed. The Consultants presented the thinking behind the draft for discussion on a topical basis, and the discussions focussed on the policy content and structure of the draft Act.

At the Asa Wright Nature Centre on Day 2, the participating countries discussed the customisation of the regional model to meet the needs of their country.  To facilitate this discussion, countries indicated their perspective on administrative framework and preferences with respect to chemicals management legislation.