Following the Probo Koala dumping, in Côte d'Ivoire, a programme of action was prepared by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention, in consultation with the secretariats of the Stockholm and Rotterdam conventions, with the aim of strengthening the capacity of Côte d’Ivoire to monitor and control transboundary movements of hazardous waste and chemicals (decision VIII/1). After the ninth Conference of the Parties, the Côte d’Ivoire project (funded by the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management Quick Start Programme) was replicated in African Countries with port facilities. The Probo Koala Programme in Africa has the overarching objective to ensure that the Probo Koala incident does not occur again.
The training workshop in Mombassa, Kenya, is the second of a series, following the one in Côte d'Ivoire. The workshop is organized by the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources of Kenya and the Africa Institute for the Environmentally Sound Management of Hazardous and other Wastes in cooperation with the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The training workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is the third of a series, following the one in Mombasa, Kenya (2 - 4 May 2012). The workshop is organized by the Ministry of Environment of Tanzania and the Africa Institute for the Environmentally Sound Management of Hazardous and other Wastes in cooperation with the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The decisions on enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions by the three Conferences of the Parties (Basel COP9 decision IX/10, Rotterdam COP4 decision RC-4/11, Stockholm COP4 decision SC-4/34) recognized that the overarching goal of all three conventions is the protection of human health and the environment for the promotion of sustainable development and that the objective of enhanced coordination and cooperation among the three conventions is to contribute to the achievement of that goal.
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Venue: Hôtel des Almadies, Dakar
Highlights: This meeting is kindly co-funded by the European Commission and the Government of Germany. The workshop is jointly organized by the Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Dakar and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.
The workshop was held in French.
Background: Parties to the Basel Convention are required to transmit to the Secretariat, at the end of each calendar year, their respective national reports pursuant to Article 13, paragraph 3. The national report questionnaire contains qualitative and quantitative information. This is a mechanism that allows Parties to share information with each other and it also indicates the level of the implementation of the Basel Convention. The focal points of the Basel Convention, at the national level, are responsible for receiving and submitting information as provided for in Articles 13 and 16.
Parties to the Stockholm Convention are to transmit national reports to the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention every four years. The reports contain qualitative information on the measures taken to implement the Convention and on the effectiveness of such measures. Additionally, Parties are required to report quantitative information which includes statistical data on the production, import and export of the chemicals listed in Annexes A and B, among others.
Based on these obligations, the Secretariat has developed electronic reporting systems, one for each convention, where Parties can report directly online.