ECOWAS and UNIDO work together on managing persistent organic pollutants

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ABIDJAN, 2 November 2017 – ECOWAS Ministers of Environment met today in Côte d’Ivoire to discuss the results of the UNIDO-GEF regional project on the environmentally-sound management of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

Regional stakeholders and international partners met to institutionalize the results of pilot projects and to operationalize various tools and platforms, including the ECOWAS Regional Forum on Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP).

Following the entry into force of the Stockholm Convention on POPs, parties to the Convention developed National Implementation Plans (NIP); during their preparation, a number of obstacles were revealed and, to remove them, GEF, UNIDO and ECOWAS, together with other partners, mobilized support for 15 West and Central African countries namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sao Tome e Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Togo.

Implemented since June 2011, the regional initiative supported the execution of seven pilot projects, which allowed for the local adaptation of clean technologies in different sectors, including for: wood-smoke curing; plastic waste management; used oils recycling; contaminated site remediation; and formulation and test of bio-pesticides.

In addition to the pilot projects, the regional initiative also supported the development of several directives on BAT/BEP for numerous sectors, and formulated a regional Action Plan on BAT/BEP.

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