SGP on plastic waste

A series of projects on plastic waste are being undertaken under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions’ Regional Centre Small Grants Programme (SGP) - in short ‘SGP on plastic waste’. Funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), these projects are implemented by Basel Convention regional and coordinating centres and Stockholm Convention regional and subregional centres. The projects aim to improve the management of plastic waste in partner countries and thus contribute towards preventing and significantly reducing marine pollution.

Key facts about the selected projects

  • In total, 15 projects have been selected for funding.
  • They are being implemented in 2021-2022.
  • The projects will benefit 32 countries in Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Budgets range from ca. USD 65,000 to USD 180,000.
  • Funding has been provided by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the Government of Norway, and the Government of Netherlands. An overview of the selected projects is available here.

Selection process

The first call for project proposals was open from 15 April 2020 to 15 July 2020. A total of 44 eligible proposals were submitted by regional centers. They were screened and ranked by the Secretariat in accordance with the modalities of the SGP on plastic waste. The Secretariat subsequently selected 7 projects to be funded, taking into account the recommendations of the Steering Committee.

On 16 September 2020, the Secretariat published a call for proposals for the second round of projects with a deadline to apply by 31 October 2020. The Secretariat reviewed the proposals with respect to the eligibility criteria and prepared a screening and ranking for the 21 eligible project proposals. The Steering Committee then provided feedback on the screening. Taking into account the recommendations, the Secretariat selected 8 proposals (one of which was selected added later as additional funding was received) for funding.

For more information, see the pages of the first and second meeting of the steering committee of the SGP on Plastic Waste.



The SGP is designed to channel bilateral donor funds for implementing the Basel and Stockholm conventions through the regional centres. The SGP on plastic waste falls under component 1 of the Norad-funded project ‘Further actions to address plastic waste under the Basel Convention’ (BRS-Norad-2). The projects to be implemented under the SGP on plastic waste will seek to build on the results being achieved under the Norad-funded project ‘Marine litter and microplastics: promoting the environmentally sound management of plastic waste and achieving the prevention and minimization of the generation of plastic waste’ (BRS-Norad-1). The project document of the BRS-Norad-1 project can be downloaded from here.

Scope of projects

Selected projects will seek to enhance capacities in partner countries to implement and enforce the Basel Convention and manage plastic waste in an environmentally sound manner. The projects may implement a range of activities to address plastic waste at municipal, national and regional levels, for example to adjust the legal frameworks; develop a national inventory; undertake trainings of custom authorities; implement financing, collection and recycling schemes; pilot testing best practices in relevant sectors; take action to eliminate hazardous constituents; develop a regional strategy; etc.

Projects will fall under either one or several of the following four results areas:

  1. Controlling the transboundary movements (TBM) of plastic waste;
  2. Improving the environmentally sound management (ESM) of plastic waste;
  3. Preventing and minimizing the generation of plastic waste;
  4. Reducing the risk from hazardous constituents such as persistent organic pollutants in plastic waste.

The projects may be implemented in one or several countries that are eligible to receive funding under the technical assistance programme of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions and are listed on the development assistance cooperation list of overseas development assistance (ODA) recipients and can feature activities at municipal, national and regional levels. It is important that each project ensures sustainability of the outcome at respective levels.

Parties that are interested in receiving support from the regional centres on the above-mentioned results areas should contact the Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres or Stockholm Convention Regional Centres.


For any questions, please contact the Secretariat (