The BCRC-Caribbean is pleased to be part of the upcoming national meeting on the Basel consultation and facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment. The Ban Amendment prohibits all forms of hazardous waste exports from Parties and other States which are members of the OECD, EC, Liechtenstein, to all non-OECD countries.
The two-day national workshop is intended to raise awareness and build capacity about the Basel Convention, the Ban Amendment and related national measures. The workshop will build on advice and assistance provided to Antigua and Barbuda in ratifying the Ban Amendment, with a cross-section of national stakeholders involved in waste management invited to participate. Participants include national stakeholders involved in waste management and transboundary movements of hazardous and other wastes.
The meeting is organized by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Land, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, as well as the BCRC-Caribbean. The Government of Switzerland generously showed their support by providing funding.
The meeting objectives are as follows:
- Provide assistance to the government of Antigua and Barbuda in relation to its implementation of the Basel Convention and the Ban Amendment;
- Raise awareness amongst national stakeholders involved in waste management of the Basel Convention, the Ban Amendment, and related implementing measures adopted by Antigua and Barbuda;
- Explore national challenges and barriers linked to transboundary movements of wastes and environmentally sound management, particularly as relates to the Ban Amendment, and how these could be addressed;
- Strengthen efforts towards prevention of and combatting illegal traffic of wastes;
- Simulate practical situations about transboundary movements of wastes;
- Consider the role of effective coordination mechanisms of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, including identifying any gaps and challenges;
- Consider recommendations for further steps and actions to support national efforts for improved implementation and enforcement.
Looking forward to a successful workshop and continuing to support the Caribbean in their initiatives to implement sound chemicals and waste management!