The Basel Waste Solutions Circle is a global initiative to promote the protection of human health and livelihood through the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes worldwide, as called for in the Bali Declaration on Waste Management for Human Health and Livelihood adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention at its ninth meeting, held in Bali.
The Basel Waste Solutions Circle is composed of members who demonstrably contribute in a concrete manner to the implementation of the Basel Convention, including the thematic declarations adopted by the Conference of the Parties. The Circle provides a platform for showcasing successful activities and thereby gaining recognition or support for these, which could in turn lead to replication in other parts of the world or to the establishment of partnerships with other members.
Membership to the Circle is open to Governments, intergovernmental organizations, public interest and civil society groups at all levels, professional organizations, industrial organizations, academic institutions, private enterprises, communities and individuals (hereinafter referred to as “actors”) that implement an activity recognized under the Circle.
At each ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties, those admitted to the Circle are recognized and awards are presented for the best activity or activities in each award category.
The following categories of concrete efforts will be recognized in considering membership of the Circle:
- Successful projects and initiatives that demonstrate a direct impact on human health and/or the environment on the ground through the environmentally sound management of wastes;
- Successful projects and initiatives that demonstrate a concrete change of behaviour of target groups in relation to the environmentally sound management of wastes;
- Financial support or successful mobilization of resources for activities that achieve the environmentally sound management of wastes.
Actors that demonstrate to the Circle's Admissions and Awards Committee that their activity is within one of the above-mentioned categories will be admitted as members of the Circle.