The fourth national stakeholder workshop for the development of the national profile for the Stockholm Convention convened on September 11, 2013 at the Capital Plaza Hotel, from 8:30am – 4:00pm.
The intention of the fourth of a series workshops was to update stakeholders on the progress of the POPs Project, while engaging them in the process of endorsing the National Implementation Plan for the Stockholm Convention. Key actions which are intended to occur over the next five (5) years (2014 to 2018, inclusive) were recommended in this NIP project document and also indicates the timing of each action, as well as the budget requirement for each.
These key actions included:
- Strategic legislative actions including the enacting of local enabling legislation for the Stockholm Convention and the amendment of the negative list to include Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) consequently revising customs regulations;
- Providing technical assistance and capacity building opportunities for industries, farmers and other relevant stakeholders;
- Investigating the effects of POPs while promoting alternatives and remediating sites contaminated by POPs;
- Implementing a public awareness and information exchange programme.