The Regional Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Inventories Validation Workshop was held on the 16th and 17th November, 2017 at the Marriott Resort & the Royal Beach Casino in Saint Kitts and Nevis.

This workshop supported the Update of National Implementation Plans (NIPs), component 1 of the GEF 5558 funded project, Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POPs in eight (8) Caribbean countriesThe eight participating countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. 

Most countries in the Caribbean have already developed their NIP to manage the twelve (12) POPs chemicals originally listed under the Stockholm Convention (“dirty dozen”) and are now required to review and update their NIP to address the fourteen (14) additional chemicals subsequently listed at COPs 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) was contracted in November 2016 as the technical consultant to undertake the NIP update for each participating country.  This workshop represented a major project milestone with the completion of the development/update of inventories on the sources, uses and production of POPs and potential POPs contaminated sites to determine the baseline situation.

It is in this context that this workshop, hosted by the BCRC-Caribbean and jointly facilitated with CARPHA, sought to:

  1. Validate and endorse the POPs inventories
  2. Roll out the next phase of the NIP update which includes the national priority assessment and objective setting, and review/development of actions plans to manage POPs
  3. Status of the GEF 5558 project and overview of upcoming work components

The update of the National Implementation Plans are anticipated to be completed by May 31, 2018, following which they will undergo the process of securing endorsement from the Governments of the participating countries prior to official transmission to the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention.