THE DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
Dear Focal Points,
the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants are the most significant international treaties currently in force for the management of hazardous wastes and chemical products.
The creation of regional centers is a strong act taken by the parties to the Basel and Stockholm conventions. To date, around thirty regional centers have been created around the world.
The Regional Center of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions for French-speaking African Countries (CRCB/SCRC-FA) aims to become a benchmark space for the environmentally sound management of chemicals, hazardous wastes and other wastes, serving African countries.
To do this, the Center intends to periodically strengthen its technical human resources capacities and its documentary base in order to support the targeted countries in the definition of their national action plan for the environmentally sound management of chemicals, hazardous wastes and other wastes. .
Solving the problems of our region in the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and chemicals is the main challenge. This is only possible with the contribution and collaboration of all the actors concerned: government, private and civil society actors.
It is in this perspective that we tried to translate, in the Business Plan of the Centre 2020-2023, a set of training activities and projects reflecting the concerns of the countries of French-speaking Africa. We invite you to read this Business Plan, to immerse yourself in the vision of the Centre and to know the essentials of its activities.
The main activities of the Centre during the period 2020-2023 are focused on the management of the most problematic waste in Africa, namely PCBs, plastic waste, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), mercury waste, biomedical waste (DBM), tires, used oils, lead-acid batteries and used transistor batteries (BPAU), chemicals, in particular POPs, etc. These activities include, among others, carrying out a feasibility study for the establishment of a sub-regional processing unit for used oils, PCBs and obsolete pesticides, the development of national plans for DBM, WEEE, of BPAU and the revision of the National Implementation Plans (PNM) of POPs in the different countries served.
Rokhaya Ndiaye DIOP