THE DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous waste and their Disposal and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants are the most significant international treaties currently in force for managing hazardous waste and chemicals.
The creation of the regional centers is a robust step by the Contracting Parties to the Basel and Stockholm Conventions. To date, about thirty regional centers have been created around the world.
The Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Center for Francophone Countries in Africa (BCRC/SCRC-FA) is ambitious to become a Reference Center for the environmentally sound management of chemicals, as well as hazardous and other wastes for African countries.
To this end, the Center intends - by 2019 - to strengthen its technical capacities in terms of human resource, and its information base to support the countries served by the Center in defining their national action plans for the environmentally sound management of chemicals, hazardous and other wastes.
Therefore the main challenge is about resolving problems in our region regarding the
environmentally sound management of hazardous waste and chemicals. This is only possible with the contribution and collaboration of all stakeholders, including government, as well as private and civil society stakeholders.
It is in this perspective that we have included in the "Business Plan of Center" a set of training activities and projects reflecting the concerns of countries in Francophone Africa. We are urging you to read the Business Plan for an insight into the Center's vision and to understand most of our activities.
The main activities of the Center during the coming three-year period (2016-2019) focus on managing Africa’s most problematic waste, namely, healthcare waste (HCW), tires, oils, used lead-acid batteries (ULAB) and transistor batteries, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), mercury waste, chemicals such as PCBs and POPs, etc. These activities include completing a feasibility study for establishing a waste oil, PCB and obsolete pesticides sub-regional treatment unit, developing national HCW, WEEE and ULAB implementation plans,
and revising National Implementation Plans (NIPs) for POPs in the different served countries.
The capacity of chemicals and hazardous waste management stakeholders will be enhanced through the organization of several training sessions on various aspects of the environmentally sound management of hazardous waste and chemicals (economic, legal, technical ...).
Rokhaya Ndiaye DIOP