The training was organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in cooperation with the Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Dakar. The Government of Norway and the European Union kindly provided the funding for the training course.
French was the working language of the training.
Objectives of the workshop
The objectives of this workshop were
- Enhancing understanding of the reporting obligations of the Parties to the Basel and Stockholm Conventions
- Informing participants about the use of the electronic reporting systems of the Basel and of the Stockholm Conventions, including similarities of the two electronic reporting systems, the commonalities and differences in the data collection process for both reporting obligations, and issues common to inventories of chemicals and hazardous wastes; and
- Providing a platform for exchanging of information and experience sharing among invited Parties.
The training session targeted countries that have started the process of reviewing and updating their national implementation plans (NIPs) and brought together national officials from 17 French-speaking African countries including Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Gabonese Republic, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Principe, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.
The sub-regional workshop on reporting obligations under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions was held back-to-back with the first sub-regional workshop on ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention. Participants received training which combined presentations, practical exercises and working group discussions on procedural and substantive issues related to the reporting obligations of the Parties to the Basel and Stockholm Conventions and, furthermore, participants were trained in the use of the electronic reporting systems of both conventions, including issues common to inventories of chemicals and hazardous wastes.