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THE BASEL, ROTTERDAM AND STOCKHOLM CONVENTIONS Geneva, 30 September 2009 Basel ConventionRotterdam ConventionStockholm Convention.

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1 THE BASEL, ROTTERDAM AND STOCKHOLM CONVENTIONS Geneva, 30 September 2009 Basel ConventionRotterdam ConventionStockholm Convention

2 Overview (1) Geneva, 30 September A framework for Life Cycle Management The 3 conventions together cover elements of cradle- to-grave management Common thread = POPs Interlocking scope and coverage Technical assistance and financial resources Related regional agreements

3 General Overview 3

4 Basel Barbados, March Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal Adopted 1989 in response to concerns about developed country companies dumping hazardous wastes in developing countries. Entered into force on 5 May 1992 To date it has 172 Parties.

5 Rotterdam Geneva, 30 September Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade Adopted in 1998 in response to dramatic growth in chemicals trade, and vulnerability of developing countries to uncontrolled imports. Entered into force on 24 February 2004 To date it has 130 Parties

6 Stockholm Geneva, 30 September Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants Adopted in 2001 in response to an urgent need for global action on POPs (chemicals that are persistent, bioaccumulate in fatty tissues and biomagnify through the food chain). Entered into force on 17 May 2004 To date it has 166 Parties

7 Scope and coverage (1) Geneva, 30 September Basel covers hazardous wastes that are explosive, flammable, poisonous, infectious, corrosive, toxic or ecotoxic. Rotterdam covers pesticides and industrial chemicals that have been banned or severely restricted for health or environmental reasons by Parties and which have been notified by Parties for inclusion in the PIC procedure. Stockholm covers 14 pesticides, and 7industrial chemicals and by-products. Most POPs are covered by all three Conventions. Many pesticides are subject to the three conventions.

8 Scope and coverage (2) Geneva, 30 September Evaluating/regulating new and existing chemicals (RC & SC) Import/export controls (BC, RC, SC) Waste management (BC & SC) Hazard communication (BC, RC, SC) Replacement (SC) Environmental releases (SC)

9 New and existing chemicals Geneva, 30 September New Chemicals Stockholm requires Parties with regulatory and assessment schemes to prevent production and use of new pesticides or new industrial chemicals that exhibit POPs characteristics Existing Chemicals Rotterdam obliges Parties to notify final regulatory actions for banned or severely restricted chemicals. Stockholm Parties must eliminate certain chemicals from production and use. The Convention lays down POPs screening criteria for assessing other chemicals.

10 Import/export (Basel) Geneva, 30 September Basel originally drafted with a prior informed consent procedure. Strengthened by later Decisions to ban export of hazardous wastes from developed to developing countries. Decision III/1 of 1995 will have full legal force upon entry into force of Ban Amendment which it adopted Strict requirements for transboundary movements. Trade with non-Parties, including transit, generally not permitted (exception: Article 11 agreements).

11 Import/export (Rotterdam) Geneva, 30 September Rotterdam establishes a compulsory Prior Informed Consent procedure Based on earlier voluntary guidelines Parties are assisted by Decision Guidance Documents (DGDs) Improves capacity to prevent unwanted imports and avoid future stockpiles of obsolete pesticides

12 Import/export (Stockholm) Geneva, 30 September Stockholm restricts import/export of POPs Okay if for environmentally sound disposal or for an exempted use that is permitted for the importing Party

13 Waste management (Basel 1) Geneva, 30 September Basel requires each Party: to minimize waste generation and to ensure, if possible, availability of disposal facilities within its own territory Environmentally sound management (ESM) of hazardous wastes the underlying objective Open-ended Working Group develops guidelines, Conference of the Parties adopts them Prepared guidelines on ESM of POPs as wastes, as part of its work programme and at the request of Basel and Stockholm Conventions

14 Waste management (Basel 2) Geneva, 30 September Environmentally sound management: taking all practical steps to ensure that hazardous wastes or other wastes are managed in a manner which will protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects which may result from such wastes. minimize the generation of hazardous wastes and strictly controlling its storage, transboundary movement, treatment, reuse, recycling, recovery and final disposal

15 Waste management (Stockholm) Geneva, 30 September Parties must develop strategies to identify POPs wastes and manage them in an environmentally sound manner. POPs content of wastes generally to be destroyed or irreversibly transformed Prevent the creation of POPs in waste management practices Concepts of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP)

16 Hazard communication and Replacement Geneva, 30 September Hazard communication All three Conventions require Parties to communicate hazard information to the secretariat, other Parties and/or the public Replacement Stockholm requires information exchange and research on POPs alternatives. It obliges each Party using DDT to develop an action plan, including for implementation of alternative products.

17 Environmental releases Geneva, 30 September Stockholms principal articles aim to reduce or eliminate releases of POPs from intentional production and use unintentional production stockpiles and wastes

18 Technical assistance and Financial Resources (1) Geneva, 30 September Basel Technical Cooperation Trust Fund Rotterdam acknowledges need for technical assistance Stockholm sets up a financial mechanism the GEF, as a principal entity, is entrusted on a interim basis with its operations + Bilateral and multilateral financial institutions

19 Technical assistance (2) Geneva, 30 September Basel and Stockholm provide for regional centres for training and technology transfer Basel Convention regional Centres (14) Stockholm Convention regional and subregional centres for capacity-building and the transfer of technology (8) 2 Basel Regional Centres also serve as Stockholm Convention regional and subregional Centres Nominated Stockholm Convention Centres (4) 3 Basel Regional Centres also serve as Nominated Stockholm Convention Centres

20 Regional Centres Mandate: Article 12 of the Convention Life span: Endorsed for a period of 4 years Evaluation Performance: against a set of agreed criteria (annex II to dec. SC-2/9) Legal status: Should be perceived as legal independant entities from the hosting institution and Government Mandate: Article 14 of the Convention Life span: Endorsed for long term Evaluation Performance: to be decided by COP Legal status:Established under 2 types of agreements an inter-governmental institution, or a national institution with regional role to support countries Stockholm Convention Regional centres Basel Convention Regional Centres

21 Regional Centres (2) Funding: Activities undertaken by the centres to assist Parties in the implementation of the Convention can be funded through the financial mechanism under Art. 13 Funding: Funded by their host countries, by voluntary contributions to the Technical Cooperation Trust Fund and through project- related funding by bilateral donors Stockholm Convention Regional centres Basel Convention Regional Centres

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