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Consultant sought for marine plastic litter assignment
Apply by 6 February 2018 to assist the Basel Convention Secretariat tackle the problem of marine litter and micro-plastics pollution.

Consultant sought for marine plastic litter assignment

Consultant sought for marine plastic litter assignment
 
In the spotlight: Stockholm Convention working hand-in-hand with Barcelona Convention
Read about the BRS Regional Centre in Barcelona, Spain, as our regional series highlights the Mediterranean.

In the spotlight: Stockholm Convention working hand-in-hand with Barcelona Convention

In the spotlight: Stockholm Convention working hand-in-hand with Barcelona Convention

The Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (hereinafter SCP/RAC) is a centre for international cooperation on development and innovation based on the sustainable consumption and production approach (hereinafter SCP).

SCP is the combination of the implementation of tools and measures geared towards redesigning how goods and services are consumed and produced to drive industrial and socioeconomic development towards circular economies that are non-polluting, no-waste, low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive.

SCP/RAC operates in support of two international treaties: the Stockholm Convention[1], an international agreement involving 180 countries to fight against the generation of persistent organic pollutants, highly polluting and toxic substances; and the Barcelona Convention[2], which brings together the 21 Mediterranean neighbouring countries[3] to work together for the protection of the common environment and for sustainable development.

The Centre, established since 1996, is based in Barcelona and it is hosted by the Catalan Waste Agency, a reference institution for waste prevention and circular economy.

The fight against toxic chemicals and especially POPs is the core objective of the Stockholm Convention and is one of the priorities to protect the Mediterranean environment through the Barcelona Convention. In that context, countries of both conventions share the same concern on the important role played by plastics in the marine environment in the global transport of toxic chemicals. Especially in the Mediterranean region and its sea, marine litter has become a critical issue, as a region accumulating a high concentration of plastics. The most worrying environmental consequences of marine litter stem from toxic chemicals transfer through microplastics. Both Endocrine Disruptive Compounds (EDC) as well as POPs are transferred from microplastic litter to marine organisms and consequently to humans.

The support of SCP/RAC in addressing those challenges focuses on the prevention of the use toxic chemicals and the generation of marine litter through the promotion of safe alternatives and the development of circular economy-based measures.

The tasks that SCP/RAC develops in the performance of its mandate under those Conventions consist on:

  • Supporting the member countries of both conventions in the development of national policies and measures for the circular economy
  • Providing advice and advocacy services to interested countries and international entities for the integration of eco-innovation, pollution prevention and the use of alternatives to of toxic chemicals as strategic axes in international policies for environmental protection and sustainable development
  • Promoting the creation of new business models and green jobs based on eco-innovation through the training and support of entrepreneurs and SMEs, the provision of services for business development, networking activities and the facilitation of access to financing
  • Promoting an Mediterranean network of entrepreneurs, companies, financial entities and investors and civil society organizations for the green economy
  • Fostering the introduction of solutions on eco-innovation, circular economy and safe alternatives to toxic chemicals for SMEs and financial entities through the provision of advisory services, training and accompaniment in the implementation of measures.

Some of the most outstanding initiatives and projects in which the center participates are:

SwitchMed: Funded by the EC, SwitchMed is one of the main programmes to support Mediterranean countries to shift to circular economies. Under Switchmed, SCP/RAC prepared a Mediterranean Regional Plan identifying around 60 actions for SCP that has been adopted by the 21 countries members to the Barcelona Convention. Likewise the center manages a Mediterranean Hub for SCP and circular economy and develops a pioneering programme to support the development of eco-innovative businesses for blue and circular economy in the Mediterranean. The programme is impact-designed, providing training, coaching, advisory, networking and access to funding services. It includes a unique training methodology to design businesses for circular economy. So far SCP/RAC has trained 1,600 entrepreneurs, leading to the same number of new business ideas for SCP; has contributed to the creation of 100 new businesses; and has established a fund for green entrepreneurs.

EU-funded Marine Litter MED Project: the project aims at supporting the MENA countries in the development of measures to prevent the generation of ML. In the framework of the project, SCP/RAC is in charge of the development of measures to prevent the single-use plastics and the promotion of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) strategies. In a first phase of the project, the center has identified 25 innovative and inspiring solutions to combat plastic marine litter and 20 solutions to prevent the use of toxic chemicals (PBT, EDC, vPvB, CMR) in products.

Act4Litter: SCP/RAC leads this Interreg Med project which identifies more than 100 measures to prevent and minimize environmental and health impacts and quantities of plastic waste and microplastics that could become plastic marine litter. A Decision-Making tool developed within the project will allow to select the most effective and feasible measure for the Mediterranean specific context.

SWIM-H2020 SM Project: This project, funded by the EU in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Initiative for the Mediterranean, aims to contribute to reduce marine pollution and a sustainable use of scarce water resources in the MENA region. SCP/RAC’s involvement in the project focuses on the development of an expert facility, peer-to-peer experience sharing and dialogue and in capitalizing the lessons learnt, good practices and success stories in the fields of green and circular economy, pollution prevention and sustainable finance.

GEF Mediterranean Sea Programme “Enhancing Environmental Security”. This programme funded by the Global Environmental Facility and which will be launched in short, aims at reducing the major transboundary environmental stresses affecting the Mediterranean Sea and its coastal areas, including harmful chemicals and wastes. SCP/RAC will be involved in the development of measures for the prevention of POPs and new POPs and the prevention and elimination of Mercury.

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[1] www.brsmeas.org/

[2] http://www.unep.org/unepmap/

[3] The 22 Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and the European Union.

UK transmits its updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
Addressing amendments from COP-6 and COP-7, the United Kingdom has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan.

UK transmits its updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

UK transmits its updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

 

Online Stockholm Convention interactive maps show POPs levels worldwide
Global Monitoring Plan’s data warehouse holds historical records of POPs levels in air, water, blood and breastmilk.

Online Stockholm Convention interactive maps show POPs levels worldwide

Online Stockholm Convention interactive maps show POPs levels worldwide
 
Stay up to date with the monthly BRS Newsletter
Interested in sound management of chemicals and wastes? Write to us at brs@brsmeas.org to receive the latest @UN #Detox news into your inbox every month.

Stay up to date with the monthly BRS Newsletter

Stay up to date with the monthly BRS Newsletter

 

Colombia transmits its updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
Addressing amendments from COP.4 to COP.7, Colombia has transmitted its NIP.

Colombia transmits its updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Colombia transmits its updated national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

 

Nigerian TV channel screens BRS film “What has Gender got to do with Chemicals”
The BRS film, made together with partners WECF and WEP and premiered at UNEA-3 in Nairobi last month, is screened on Nigerian International TV (NTA) on Monday 15th January at 1730 local time.

Nigerian TV channel screens BRS film “What has Gender got to do with Chemicals”

Nigerian TV channel screens BRS film “What has Gender got to do with Chemicals”
 
Accession by State of Palestine to Stockholm Convention, bringing total to 182 Parties
The State of Palestine has acceded to the Stockholm Convention, depositing its instruments of accession to both the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions on 29 December 2017, with entry into force on 29 March 2018. 

Accession by State of Palestine to Stockholm Convention, bringing total to 182 Parties

Accession by State of Palestine to Stockholm Convention, bringing total to 182 Parties

 

Outcomes of Stockholm Convention’s POPRC-13 now available
The advance English version of the report of 13th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee is now available online.

Outcomes of Stockholm Convention’s POPRC-13 now available

Outcomes of Stockholm Convention’s POPRC-13 now available

 

BRS staff members show their support for UNEA-3’s message to Beat Pollution
Whilst key resolutions were adopted at the UN Environment Assembly yesterday in Nairobi on marine litter, air and soil pollution, and environment & health, BRS staff took to social media to show their support.

BRS staff members show their support for UNEA-3’s message to Beat Pollution

BRS staff members show their support for UNEA-3’s message to Beat Pollution
 
Interactive panel discussion at UNEA3 – recording online
If you were not in Nairobi and could not watch it live, you can now view the recording to hear all about new innovations, interventions, questions, and discussions.

Interactive panel discussion at UNEA3 – recording online

Interactive panel discussion at UNEA3 – recording online

If you were not in Nairobi and could not watch it live, you can now view the recording to hear all about new innovations, interventions, questions, and discussions.





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BRS Secretariat participates at the third U.N. Environment Assembly as observer
During an intensive period at UN Environment HQ in Nairobi, the BRS Secretariat has organised a side event together with the governments of Germany, Mauritius and Uruguay.

BRS Secretariat participates at the third U.N. Environment Assembly as observer

BRS Secretariat participates at the third U.N. Environment Assembly as observer
 
Russian Federation transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
Also addressing amendments from COP-4, COP-5 and COP-6, the Russian Federation has transmitted its initial NIP.

Russian Federation transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention

Russian Federation transmits its national plan for implementing the Stockholm Convention
 
Czechia transmits its updated Stockholm Convention national implementation plan
To Rid the World of POPs, and incorporating amendments from COP-6 and COP-7, Czechia has transmitted its updated national plan or NIP.

Czechia transmits its updated Stockholm Convention national implementation plan

Czechia transmits its updated Stockholm Convention national implementation plan
 
BRS Secretariat joins steering committee of UN global body on environment
The BRS Secretariat is proud to be a founder member of the Steering Committee for the UN Global Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment, meeting for the first time at UNEA-3 in Nairobi, 2-3 December.

BRS Secretariat joins steering committee of UN global body on environment

BRS Secretariat joins steering committee of UN global body on environment
 
Read the South-East Asian perspective on soundly managing chemicals and wastes
Ridwan Tamin, Indonesia, talks to the Secretariat in the latest in our series highlighting the 26 BRS Regional Centres.

Read the South-East Asian perspective on soundly managing chemicals and wastes

Read the South-East Asian perspective on soundly managing chemicals and wastes
 
Use of Stockholm Convention national reporting data informs research on sound management of chemicals
Data collected and submitted by Parties in their national reports can be used in multiple ways, as demonstrated by new research showing declines in DDT production and use.

Use of Stockholm Convention national reporting data informs research on sound management of chemicals

Use of Stockholm Convention national reporting data informs research on sound management of chemicals
 
New report shows progress on gender in chemical conventions’ decision-making and planning
Together with IUCN, the BRS Secretariat publishes new research showing progress on mainstreaming gender into the work of the 3 chemical conventions.

New report shows progress on gender in chemical conventions’ decision-making and planning

New report shows progress on gender in chemical conventions’ decision-making and planning
 
Nepal transmits updated plan for implementing Stockholm Convention
To rid the world of POPs, Nepal has transmitted its updated National Implementation Plan, addressing amendments made by COPs 4, 5, & 6.

Nepal transmits updated plan for implementing Stockholm Convention

Nepal transmits updated plan for implementing Stockholm Convention
 
Stakeholders invited to share opinions on knowledge management needs
The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management – SAICM - invites all stakeholders to share their views through an online survey on information needs.

Stakeholders invited to share opinions on knowledge management needs

Stakeholders invited to share opinions on knowledge management needs
 
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