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Pan-African Forum on E-waste, Nairobi, 14-16 March 2012

The Pan-African Forum on E-waste adopted a Call for Action on E-waste in Africa. The Call for Action outlines a set of priorities to support development of a regional approach for the legal transboundary movements and the environmentally sound management of e-waste for the African continent to protect human health and the environment as well as to promote opportunities for social and economic development.

The growing e-waste volumes generated worldwide together with the lack or even absence of well-organized collection and management systems in Africa, where a disproportionate amount of this waste ends up, threatens Africa’s environment, its national economies and the health of local communities.

In many African countries e-waste is routinely disposed on uncontrolled dumpsites, where waste volumes are periodically reduced by setting them on fire, causing a range of toxic substances to be released, heavily contaminating air, soil and water resources. Even unburned, in tropical climate, many e-waste fractions will soon release major pollutants, damaging human and environmental health. The serious consequences of this mounting environmental problem are now starting to attract the widespread public attention.

This two and a half day forum is being organized with the support of Hewlett-Packard and Dell. The forum aims to bring together relevant stakeholders from the governments of Africa, international organizations, academia and the private sector. The forum seeks to identify possible options for a sustainable solution to e-waste in Africa by developing a clear perspective on an environmentally sound e-waste management framework applicable in the African context. Forum participants discussed the need for regulatory frameworks and ways of establishing or strengthening national, regional and international collaboration.

Presentations

 
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Basel Action Network (BAN)The Road Ahead Meeting the e-Waste Challenge in Africa5.09 MB
 
 
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Basel Action Network (BAN) presentation by Jim Puckett
Basel Convention SecretariatFindings from the SBC E-waste Africa programme (overview)762.93 K
 
 
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Basel Convention Secretariat presentation by Tatiana Terekhova
Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for the African Region (BCCC-Africa ) in NigeriaMaximizing the Opportunities in E-Waste Challenge Towards Sustainable Development in Africa1.67 MB
 
 
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BCCC-Africa presentation by Prof. Oladele Osibanjo
Cote d'IvoireE-Wate management in Cote d'Ivoire1.72 MB
 
 
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presentation by Yao Bernard KOFFI
EMPAWhere are WEee in Africa? Conclusions & Recommendations (Imports, Collection & Recycling, Policy & Legislation)139.37 K
 
 
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Empa presentation by Dr. Mathias Schluep
EMPAWhere are WEee in Africa? Baseline information on e-waste volumes in selected West Africa countries798.55 K
 
 
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Empa presentation by Dr. Mathias Schluep
GEFE-waste Concept Paper under GEF5 Sound Chemicals Strategy*1.2 MB
 
 
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* This presentation was not presented by the GEF secretariat at the Forum and is posted for information purposes.
EPA GhanaOverview of Draft Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control and Management Bill for Ghana961.91 K
 
 
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EPA-Ghana presentation by John A. Pwamang
ImpelMonitoring e-waste flows from Europe to Africa531.62 K
 
 
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Impel presentation by Nancz Isarin
OKO InstitutE-waste Africa Project - From Europe to West-Africa327.2 K
 
 
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OKO Institut presentation by Andreas Manhart
OKO InstitutE-waste Africa Project - Impacts of current recycling practices and recommendations for collection and recycling1.29 MB
 
 
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OKO Institut presentation by Andreas Manhart
NemaE-Waste management in Kenya164.79 K
 
 
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Nema presentation by Dr. Azub Macharia
NesreaStatus of e-waste legislation in Nigeria551.1 K
 
 
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Nesrea presentation by Dr. Ngeri. S. Benebo
OEMAfrican e-waste alliance1.65 MB
 
 
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OEM presentation
StEPSolving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative – Activities in and for Africa319.21 K
 
 
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StEP presentation by Jean Cox-Kearns, Ruediger Kuehr