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Basel and Stockholm conventions Regional  Centres and FAO, UNEP regional offices

Basel and Stockholm conventions Regional Centres and FAO, UNEP regional offices

Basel and Stockholm conventions Regional  Centres and FAO, UNEP regional offices
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Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres

Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres

Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres

The Basel Convention is the first global environmental agreement that has undertaken significant efforts to set up a network of Regional Centres. The BCRCs are uniquely positioned to steer regional efforts in hazardous waste management by linking global obligations with national development plans, and by integrating the environmentally sound management of hazardous waste into regional cooperation and development strategies.

The BCRCs have become the main instrument for enhancing the capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to implement the Strategic Plan for the implementation of the Basel Convention.

The BCRCs have also been involved in activities aimed at facilitating the implementation of other multilateral environmental agreements in the regions, such as the Rotterdam and the Stockholm Conventions. The Ad Hoc Joint Working Group on enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, has recognized that the coordinated use of the BCRCs by the three Conventions could help promote a life-cycle approach to the management of chemicals and wastes and strengthen capacity building efforts for the three Conventions.

In this context, a number of Basel Convention Regional Centres were nominated to be Stockholm Convention Regional Centres. The scope of activities of the BCRCs may therefore be widened, which represents an encouraging prospect and validating development for coordinated efforts in the management of chemicals and wastes.

Conscious of the need to address regional specificities and the need to facilitate the implementation of global issues at the regional level, countries foresaw the establishment of Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres (BCRCs) at the time of the adoption of the Convention. In 1994, the Parties initiated the selection of the BCRCs. The first few years were dedicated to the institutional establishment of a growing number of Centres. Article 14 of the Convention addresses the issue of the establishment of the Centres to respond to the specific needs of the different regions in the world in terms of training and technology transfer for the minimization and environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes.

On several occasions, Parties reiterated the importance of the Centres in their assistance to implement the Basel Convention. In particular, reference is made to the 1999 “Basel Declaration on Environmentally Sound Management”. The Declaration recognized the need to further develop the Regional Centres as an efficient means to achieve the goals of environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes enshrined in the Basel Convention.

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The Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres at a glance

The Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres at a glance

The Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres at a glance

The Basel Convention benefits from a network of fourteen Regional and Coordinating Centres for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer (BCRCs). The Basel Convention is unique in setting up a regional network of autonomous institutions which operates under the authority of the Conference of the Parties, the decision-making organ of the Convention, composed of all the countries party to the Convention.

The BCRCs deliver training, dissemination of information, consulting, awareness raising activities and technology transfer on matters relevant to the implementation of the Basel Convention and to the environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes in the countries they serve. The specific activities are training workshops, seminars, pilot projects on the management of priority waste streams, the production of information material and guidelines.

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Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres Directors & Contact Persons

 

 

 Africa and West Asia

 Asia and Pacific Region

 Central and Eastern Europe

 Latin America and the Caribbean

 

Africa and West Asia

  1. Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Arab States in Egypt

    Prof. Mostafa Hussein Kamel
    Director,  BCRC-Egypt
    P.O. Box 336  Al Orman
    12612 Giza
    Egypt
    Tel: +20 (2) 35715115  
    Fax: +20 (2) 35701015
    E-mail: cairo@bcrc-egypt.com; mhk_director@bcrc-egypt.com; kmostafa@sci.cu.edu.eg
    Web portal: www.bcrc-egypt.com 

  2. Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for the African Region in Nigeria

    Prof. Oladele Osibanjo
    Executive Director
    University of Ibadan
    Linkage Centre for Cleaner Production Technology and Hazardous Waste Management
    1 Ijoma Road (University of Ibadan)
    Ibadan
    Nigeria
    Tel: +234 (803) 330 133 / +234 (803) 5109 8483 / +234 (803) 301 3378
    Fax: +234 (2) 810 3168 / +234 (2) 810 2198
    E-mail: osibanjo@basel.org.ngoosibanjo@yahoo.com; osibanjo@baselnigeria.org

  3. Basel Convention Regional Centre for French-speaking countries in Africa in Senegal

    Dr. Michel Seck
    Directeur
    Centre Régional de la Convention de Bâle pour L'Afrique Francophone
    99, Sacré Coeur 3 Pyrotechnie,
    15515 Dakar-Fann
    Sénégal
    Tel: +221 (77) 864 647 56 21 / +221 (33) 864 65 12
    Fax: +221 (33) 822 62 12 
    E-mail: michelseck@gmail.com; michel.seck@crcbs-af.org  
    Web portal: www.crcbs-af.org  

  4. Basel Convention Regional Centre for the English-Speaking African countries in South Africa

    Dr. Taelo Letsela
    Executive Director
    Africa Institute for Environmentally Sound Management of Hazardous and Other Wastes
    315 Pretorius Street, Fedsure Forum Building
    Private Bag X447
    0001 Pretoria
    South Africa
    Tel: +27 (12) 310 3627
    Fax: +27 (12) 320 5540
    E-mail: tletsela@environment.gov.za
    Web portal: www.africainstitute.info

Asia and Pacific

  1. Basel Convention Regional Centre for the Asia and Pacific Region in China

    Prof. Jinhui Li
    Executive Secretary
    School of Environment, Room 804
    Tsinghua University, Haidian District
    100084 Beijing
    China
    Tel: +86 (10) 6279 4143
    Fax: +86 (10) 6277 2048
    E-mail: jinhui@tsinghua.edu.cn; bccc@tsinghua.edu.cn
    Web portal: www.bcrc.cn

  2. Basel Convention Regional Centre for South-East Asia in Indonesia

    Mr. Ridwan Tamin
    Director
    Basel Convention Regional Centre for South-East Asia (BCRC-SEA)
    Ministry of Environment
    Jalan D.I. Panjaitan
    Kav. 24, Bldg. A, Ground floor
    Jakarta 13410
    Indonesia
    Tel/Fax:  +62 (21) 852 0408
    E-mail: ridwan_tamin@yahoo.combaseljakarta@bcrc-sea.org
    Web portal: www.bcrc-sea.org

  3. Basel Convention Regional Centre in Tehran

    Mr. Seyed Masoud Monavari
    Director
    Basel Convention Regional Center in Iran (BCRC-Iran)
    Department of Environment
    Pardisan EcoPark, West Hakim Highway
    Tehran
    Iran
    Tel/Fax: +98 (21) 88 23 31 44
    E-mail:  monavarism@yahoo.com 

  4. Pacific Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Joint Implementation of the Basel and Waigani Conventions in the South Pacific region (SPREP)

    Dr. David Haynes
    Director
    Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme 
    P.O. Box 240, Apia, Samoa 
    Tel: (+685) 21 929 
    Fax: (+685) 20 231 
    E-mail: davidh@sprep.org

Central and Eastern Europe

  1. Basel Convention Regional Centre for CIS countries in the Russian Federation

    Mr. Vladimir Simonov
    Director
    Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States in the Russian Federation (BCRC-Russian Federation)
    Autonomous Non-Profit Organization, Centre for International Projects
    58B-Rm 103
    105043 Moscow
    Russian Federation
    Tel.: +7 499 165 5670
    Fax: +7 499 165 0890
    E-mail: centre@eco-cip.ru
    okpd@eco-cip.ru

    Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central Europe in Slovakia

  2. Ms. Dana Lapesová
    Director
    Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) for Training and Technology Transfer for Central Europe in Bratislava
    Slovak Environmental Agency
    Hanulova 5/D
    844 40 Bratislava
    Slovak Republic
    Tel: +421  (2) 6020 1639
    Fax: +421 (2) 6428 2683
    E-mail: dana.lapesova@sazp.sk
    Web portal: www.sazp.sk/bcrc

Latin America and the Caribbean

  1. Basel Convention Regional Centre for the South American Region in Argentina

    Ms. Leila Devia
    Director
    Buenos Aires Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) for South America
    Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial (INTI)
    Avda. Leandro N. Alem 1067 – 7 Floor
    1001 Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Tel: +54 (11) 4515 5022
    Fax: +54 (11) 4313 2130
    E-mail : lumiere@inti.gob.ar; lumiere@uolsinectis.com.ar
    Web portal: crsbasilea.inti.gov.ar

  2. Basel Convention Regional Centre for the Caribbean Region in Trinidad and Tobago

    Dr. Ahmad A. Khan
    Director
    Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean 
    #8 Alexandra Street, St Clair  
    Port-of-Spain
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Tel: +1 868 628 8369 / +1 868 628 9372
    Fax: +1 868 628 2151
    E-mail: ahmadkhan786@msn; bcrc.caribbean@gmail.com;afkhan@tstt.net.tt;
    Web portal:  bcrc-caribbean.blogspot.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCRCCaribbean  
    Skype: bcrc-caribbean

  3. Basel Convention Regional Centre for the Central America Sub-region including Mexico in El Salvador

    Mr. Miguel Eduardo Araujo Padilla
    Director
    Centro Regional del Convenio de Basilea para Centroamérica y México (CRCB-CAM)
    Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM)
    Boulevard Orden de Malta No. 470
    Urbanización Santa Elena, Antiguo Cuscatlán
    La Libertad
    El Salvador.
    Tel: +503 (2) 248 8990
    Fax: +503 (2) 248 8894
    E-mail: maraujo@sica.intmaraujo@marn.gob.sv 
    Web portal: www.sica.int/crcbcam

  4. Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for Latin America and Caribbean Region in Uruguay

    Ms. Gabriela Nair Medina Amarante
    Director
    Basel Convention Coordinating Centre (BCCC)
    for Latin America and the Caribbean Region in Uruguay
    Avenida Italia 6201
    CP 11500 Montevideo
    Uruguay
    Tel: +598 (2) 601 3724 ext: 1158 / 1159 
    Fax: +598 (2) 601 3724 ext: 1157
    E-mail: gabriela.medina@dinama.gub.uy; gmedina.uruguay@gmail.com
    Web portal: www.ccbasilea-crestocolmo.org.uy