Regional Validation Workshop for the GEF-funded Full-Sized Project 'Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POPs in the Caribbean'

The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean Region (BCRC-Caribbean) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) have collaborated in order to develop and implement a full-sized Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project entitled 'Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POPs in the Caribbean' (GEF 5558 Project). The GEF 5558 Project was developed in light of the shortcomings faced by Caribbean countries in implementing the Stockholm Convention and addressing the threats posed by persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to human and environmental health at the national level.
The project was originally conceptualised by regional representatives at the BCRC-Caribbean's Workshop to Enhance the Implementation of the Stockholm Convention in the Caribbean Region, held by the Centre in February 2013 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The initial project concept (Project Identification Form) was first submitted by UNIDO to the GEF in September 2013 and was approved for inclusion into the GEF Work Programme by the GEF Council in November 2013. Subsequently, the BCRC-Caribbean began the process of executing a series of activities as a part of the project preparation (PPG) phase for the project in accordance with the GEF project cycle and its requirements.


BCRC-Caribbean 'Pardon the E-waste Interruption' at the 30th AGM of the Caribbean Network of Telecommunications Operators

The BCRC-Caribbean was invited to participate in the 30th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Caribbean Network of Telecommunications Operators (CANTO). The event was organised by the CANTO Secretariat in collaboration with the Caribbean’s largest telecommunications company, LIME (Landline, Internet, Mobile, Entertainment) and was held from 25th to 28th January, 2014 at the Half Moon Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

In light of its most recently established committee; the Working Committee for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and the identification of the issue of handset disposal as a key item for the CSR agenda among CANTO members, CANTO initiated contact with the BCRC-Caribbean to incorporate discussion of the e-waste issue at its 30th AGM. Subsequent to initial discussions throughout the last quarter of 2013, the BCRC-Caribbean was invited to hold an e-waste forum as part of the AGM’s proceedings.


BCRC-Caribbean Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 1

The BCRC-Caribbean is pleased to present the latest edition of its newsletter. This issue of the BCRC-Caribbean Newsletter focuses on the theme of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) or e-waste. 

Articles in this issue provide an introduction to the issues associated with the generation and management of e-waste and the importance of sound management of such equipment upon reaching the end of their useful lives. The newsletter also presents how the issue of WEEE has been addressed under the international environmental governance framework and the work being performed to addressed the human and environmental health problems  caused by this waste stream. In addition, reports on two activities of the BCRC-Caribbean on e-waste are included: the assessment of WEEE data and management in Trinidad and Tobago and the regional capacity-building workshop on the environmentally sound management of WEEE in the Caribbean. As usual, the newsletter presents some selected publications on e-waste management and gives indication of some of the upcoming events in the waste and chemicals cluster.

The BCRC-Caribbean Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 1 is now available for download. Please feel free to contact us should you have any queries or leave your comments here on the blog!


BCRC Caribbean & CANTO "Pardon the e-Waste Interruption" Forum - Partake in our Survey!

The Caribbean Network of Telecommunications Organisations (CANTO) and the Basel Convention Regional Centre for the Caribbean Region (BCRC-Caribbean) will be hosting an e-Waste Forum on Tuesday 28th January 2014 during CANTO's 30th Annual General Meeting to be hosted by LIME in Jamaica. The forum “Pardon the e-Waste Interruption!” will focus on the topic of creating an enabling environment for the sound management of e-Waste in the Caribbean Region, namely through the development of regional tack back systems for e-waste generated solely by the ICT sector and is affiliated markets.

To inform and support this forum, CANTO and the BCRC-Caribbean have developed and launched a pre-forum survey. We would appreciate the participation of all Caribbean ICT stakeholders in this survey. Furthermore, we encourage you to share this among your ICT colleagues and networks. This will engender an even greater understanding of the e-waste management situation within the ICT sector regionally to support informed decision-making on the actions necessary to address the situation.

Thank you in advance for partaking in this survey!



E-waste Academy for Managers 2014: Call for Applications

Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP), in collaboration with the United Nations University (UNU), the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (EMPA), the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM) and several other private and international organisations, is presently organising the 2014 StEP E-waste Academy Managers Edition (EWAM). This edition of the E-waste Academy will be held at the BCRC-CAM in El Salvador from March 31st to April 4th 2014.
The EWAM targets policymakers and government officials who are driving e-waste policymaking developments in their host countries as well as small and medium sized enterprises (SME), including collectors, refurbishers and recyclers, ensuring that there is a mixture of different countries, boundary conditions and experiences. EWAM focusses on the practical implementation of these science-based solutions, in particular in policy development and e-waste system design. Targeted at policymakers and government officials as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises (mostly recyclers, refurbishers and collectors), it provides a neutral platform stimulating fruitful discussion among policymakers and SME operators while also facilitating exchange of best practices and expert feedback.
The Call for Applications for the 2014 EWAM is now open. The policymaker/government official and SME application forms can be found on the StEP website at http://www.step-initiative.org/index.php/application-382.html. The deadline for all applications will be 15 October 2013.
For more information on the EWAM, please visit the Academy's official webpage - http://www.step-initiative.org/index.php/ewam.html. Interested persons can directly contact the EWAM Organising Team at ewam@unu.edu should they have any additional inquiries. For highlights from the 2012 EWAM Edition, you can have a look at the official YouTube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taq9lTNDu4I.