Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Regional Project Inception Workshop – Update of National Implementation Plans (NIPs), Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Inventories and Related Capacity Development for Eight Countries in the Caribbean

As part of the continued implementation of the five (5) year regional project, Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Caribbean, the services of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) was procured for a two (2) year period in support of fulfilment of Output 1.1 of the project: ‘Updated NIPs including the conduct of in-country inventories of new POPs added to the Stockholm Convention’. To this end, a Regional Inception Workshop was hosted by the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean Region (BCRC-Caribbean) at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre, Port of Spain, Trinidad from November 8th to 10th, 2016, with the primary function of formally initiating CARPHA’s duties.  

Workshop participants at the Regional Project Inception Workshop.
Ms. Gardiner is pictured in the front row, fifth from the right.

The key objectives of this Workshop, which was facilitated by the team from CARPHA, were to:

Introduce CARPHA to the regional project team; Provide an update on the status of implementation of existing NIP action plans; Present CARPHA’s draft work implementation plan for updating the NIPs, POPs inventories and Capacity Development; and to Train the regional project team on the assessment of newly listed POPs.

The Project Steering Committee members, that is, the Chairperson and National Project Coordinator from each of the eight participating countries, as well as CARPHA’s Thematic Task Team were the key attendees at this session. On the opening day each country was invited to present on the national status of their NIP, the legal and regulatory situation of POPs, the status of their POPs inventory, and a general overview of chemical and waste management in their country.

Ms. Gardiner, the Chairperson of the national Project Working Committee.
 presenting on behalf of the delegation from Trinidad and Tobago

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