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.

Key facts about the selected projects

  • In total, 15 projects have been selected for funding.
  • The projects will benefit 32 countries in Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Budgets range from ca. USD 65,000 to USD 180,000.
  • Funding has been provided by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and the Government of Norway. 
  • An overview of the selected projects is available here.

A series of factsheets has been developed showcasing many of the projects implemented under the SGP on plastic waste. These can be found here. Factsheets on other projects that have been completed are forthcoming shortly.

3rd call for proposal

The third call for project proposals is now open for submission by the Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Centres. The deadline for submission of the proposal is 25 May 2022. Parties that are interested in receiving support from the regional centres on the above-mentioned results areas should contact the regional centers.

The SGP on Plastic Waste seeks to identify and implement low-cost high impact pilot projects on the ground, supported by Basel Convention regional and coordinating centres and Stockholm Convention regional and subregional centres. The projects are implemented at the national or regional levels with full engagement of relevant focal points of the Basel Convention or official contact points or national focal points of the Stockholm Convention.

The SGP on Plastic Waste contributes to 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 should build on results achieved and make use of the tools developed under the technical assistance activities on plastic waste undertaken by the BRS Secretariat, for example the Plastic Waste Inventory Toolkit developed under the BRS-Norad-1 project.

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.

Project proposals can be submitted by the Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres or Stockholm Convention Regional Centres. Proposals received from any other stakeholders will not be considered.

Selection process

The first and second calls for project proposals were open from 15 April 2020 to 15 July 2020 and from 16 September 2020 to 31 October 2020, respectively. A total of 65 eligible proposals were submitted by regional centers during those two rounds. They were screened by the Secretariat and reviewed by the steering committee in accordance with the modalities of the respective rounds of the SGP on Plastic Waste. Taking into account the recommendations of the steering committee, the Secretariat subsequently selected 15 projects to be funded.

The selection process for the projects submitted in response to the third call for project proposals will commence after the deadline of submission of proposals.

For more information, please see the pages of the first and second meeting of the steering committee of the SGP on Plastic Waste.



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