Scientific Support Branch fact sheet

The Scientific Support Branch of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions provides scientific and technical input related to the programmes of work and activities under the three conventions.

The Branch manages the development of technical documents such as guidelines and guidance. It collects, reviews, assesses and evaluates scientific and technical information relevant to the programme of work of the secretariat including information provided by Parties, as it relates to the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

The Branch is also responsible for managing the scientific work required by the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions and their respective subsidiary bodies.

In addition the Branch is responsible for managing the work of the secretariat related to national reports and notifications, this includes among others the collection and management of information contained in the national reports, notifications and exemptions requests submitted by parties, as well as the compilation and analysis of such information.