Capacity building activities are an intrinsic part of the global monitoring plan, as highlighted through its implementation plan and guidance document. Among these, some major activities are highlighted below.
Regional projects with GEF support
Regional Global Environment Fund (GEF) projects to assist countries in implementing the first phase global monitoring plan have been coordinated by UNEP through the Chemicals Branch, Division of Technology Industry and Economics. The final project reports, including information and data on POPs concentrations in global monitoring plan core matrices and additional media from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands, are available here . Similar regional scale GEF project proposals for capacity building in the second phase are being elaborated and will be similarly implemented by UNEP Chemicals .
Summer School of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology
The Secretariat is organizing in collaboration with the Regional Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX) and other relevant institutions annual summer schools of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology. The programme of the group B (Sampling, analysis and monitoring of POPs) is designed to provide capacity building in support of implementation of the Global Monitoring Plan on POPs under Article 16 of the Stockholm Convention. More information on this initiative can be found here.