Notifications under the Basel Convention: national definitions of hazardous wastes and restrictions on movements of wastes

Notifications under the Basel Convention: national definitions of hazardous wastes and restrictions on movements of wastes

Notifications under the Basel Convention: national definitions of hazardous wastes and restrictions on movements of wastes

The overarching objective of the Basel Convention is to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects of hazardous wastes. Under the Basel Convention, Parties have specific obligations to transmit certain information to each other. This includes notifications of national definitions of hazardous wastes in addition to those listed in the annexes of the Convention; and decisions to restrict or prohibit imports and/or exports of hazardous or other wastes. The current leaflet provides information about these notifications in a concise manner.

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Sub-regional workshop on reporting obligations under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions

Dakar, Senegal, from 6 to 8 July 2014

Background: Parties to the Basel Convention are required to transmit to the Secretariat, at the end of each calendar year, their respective national reports pursuant to Article 13, paragraph 3. The national report questionnaire contains qualitative and quantitative information. This is a mechanism that allows Parties to share information with each other and it also indicates the level of the implementation of the Basel Convention. The focal points of the Basel Convention, at the national level, are responsible for receiving and submitting information as provided for in Articles 13 and 16.

Parties to the Stockholm Convention are to transmit national reports to the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention every four years. The reports contain qualitative information on the measures taken to implement the Convention and on the effectiveness of such measures. Additionally, Parties are required to report quantitative information which includes statistical data on the production, import and export of the chemicals listed in Annexes A and B, among others.

Based on these obligations, the Secretariat has developed electronic reporting systems, one for each convention, where Parties can report directly online.

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Objectives of the training include:

  • Enhance understanding of the reporting obligations of the Parties to the Basel and Stockholm Conventions;
  • Inform participants about the use of the electronic reporting systems of the Basel and of the Stockholm Conventions, including similarities of the two electronic reporting systems, the commonalities and differences in the data collection process for both reporting obligations, and issues common to inventories of chemicals and hazardous wastes.; and
  • Provide a platform for exchanging of information and experience sharing among invited Parties.

Target audience:

The training session will target government representatives from French-Speaking countries in Africa dealing with national reporting in their countries. In addition, representatives of the Regional Centres are welcome to participate in the meeting.

Contact information:

For questions regarding the training please contact Tatiana Terekhova (Tatiana.Terekhova@brsmeas.org).