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.

The first call for project proposals was open from 15 April 2020 to 15 July 2020. A total of 53 project proposals were received, of which 44 proposals submitted by regional centers were screened by the Secretariat in accordance with the modalities of the SGP on plastic waste. On 20 August 2020, the Steering Committee of the SGP on Plastic Waste met online and made recommendations on the selection. For more information, please see the page on the meeting.

The second call for project proposals under the SGP on plastic waste is now open until 31 October 2020 at 23h59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

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Background

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.

Important information for applicants

Project proposals are exclusively solicited from Basel Convention regional and coordinating centres and Stockholm Convention regional and subregional centres. Proposals received from any other stakeholders will not be considered.

All project proposals are to be submitted using the template available in annex I to the modalities for the second round. The second call for project proposals under the SGP on plastic waste is open until 31 October 2020 at 23h59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Incomplete submissions and submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Completed project proposals should be submitted to the Secretariat (suman.sharma@brsmeas.org).

Under the second round of the SGP on plastic waste, the budget for national projects is envisaged at approximately USD 120,000 and the budget for regional projects at approximately USD 180,000. The project duration should not exceed 1 year. Applicants should carefully read the modalities for the second round of call for proposals, which provides further information on the scope of the projects and the stages of the project cycle.

In preparing project proposals and implementing selected projects, the regional centres should cooperate closely with the respective beneficiary Parties. It is strongly encouraged to design projects following an inclusive and multi-stakeholder approach, bringing together actors from Governments, the private sector, civil society and academia, as appropriate.

Eligibility criteria

In submitting project proposals, the proponents should ensure that the eligibility criteria are met, as specified below:

  1. The proponent and lead implementing entity is a Basel Convention regional and coordinating centre or Stockholm Convention regional and subregional centre;
  2. The proponent that is a Basel Convention regional centre confirms that the project is based on its business plan and was consulted with and agreed to by the steering committee; the proponent that is a Stockholm Convention regional centre confirms that the project is based on its workplan and takes into account the needs of all countries;
  3. For country-level activities, the proposal is accompanied by a letter of endorsement from the relevant Focal Point of the beneficiary Parties. For projects to be implemented in several Parties, endorsements must be obtained from each of the respective focal points of the beneficiary Parties;
  4. The country/ies in which the project is to be implemented is/are among those eligible to receive funding under the technical assistance programme of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions and is/are listed on the development assistance cooperation (DAC) list of overseas development assistance (ODA) recipients;
  5. The proposed project budget falls within the specified budget range;
  6. The proposed project falls within the scope of projects to be funded under the SGP on plastic waste as specified in section IV of this document.

Contact

For any questions, please contact the Secretariat (suman.sharma@brsmeas.org).