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 are established under two types of agreement: by being hosted in an inter-governmental institution or by vesting a national institution with a regional role to support countries within a region in their implementation of the Convention.
Why were the BCRCs created?
The BCRCs were established in accordance with Article 14 of the Basel Convention. In Article 14, the Parties to the Convention agreed to establish regional or sub-regional Centres for training and technology transfer regarding the management of hazardous and other wastes and the minimization of their generation.
The BCRCs were created to address specific regional or sub-regional needs.
What do the BCRCs do?
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.
How are the BCRCs administered?
Each Centre has a Steering Committee which is composed of members of the Centre’s host country and of the countries served by the Centre. The director of the Centre, as well as representatives from the Secretariat of the Basel Convention, are ex officio members of each Steering Committee. The work programme of each BCRC is developed by the Steering Committee in accordance with the priority needs of the countries and region served by the Centre, and based upon the priority areas identified by the Conference of the Parties.
Where are the BCRCs located?
The Centres are located in Argentina, China, Egypt, El Salvador, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Senegal, Slovak Republic, South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (Samoa), South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay.
Each Centre services several countries in its respective region.
How are the BCRCs funded?
The Centres are funded by their host countries, through project-related funding and through voluntary contributions.