THE INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT ON REGULATION AND MANAGEMENT OF E-WASTE (1st EKO E-WASTE SUMMIT) TOOK PLACE IN LAGOS, NIGERIA ON THE 24TH TO 25THOFFEBRUARY, 2011
The International Summit on Regulation and Management of E-Waste (1st Eko E-Waste Summit) took place in Lagos Nigeria from the 24th to 25th of February, 2011. The Summit was organized by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) in collaboration with a non-governmentalorganization (NGO) Environmental Law Research Institute (ELRI) and the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for the African Region (BCCC Africa).
The objective of the summit was to share international and national experiences on the E-waste issue in Nigeria with focus on the environmental and human health challenges arising from unsound management practices and the extant weak regulatory framework, while international experts presentedinternational best practices that could help the country to benefit from the entrepreneurial opportunities, green job creation and poverty alleviation. The Summit had in attendance stakeholders from the Federal, State and Local Governments, Ministries, Departments and Agencies [MDAs], manufacturers of Electrical Electronics Equipment (EEE), dealers and technicians from the informal sector, Elecommunications Companies, the academia, the Nigeria BarAssociation (NBA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), International experts, Research Institutes, traditionalrulers and Non-Governmental Organizations [NGOs].
Four hundred and seven (407) participants registered for the Summit. Speakers included the Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire; the Director General of the Nigeria Environmental Standards and Regulat ions Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Dr. Ngeri Benebo; Executive Director BCCC-Africa, Prof. Oladele Osibanjo; Jonathan Perry of Dell United Kingdom;Jean Cox-Kearne from Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative; Dr. Otmar Deubzer of the United Nations University Germany, Prof. Naoko Tojo from Lund University, Sweden; and Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun of Environmental Law Research Institute (ELRI), Nigeria.
It is important to recall that NESREA had organised an international workshop on E-waste in Abuja in September 2009. The landmark outcome of this workshop was the adoption of the "ABUJA PLATFORM ON E-WASTE" which proffered measures and solutions towards achieving sustainable management of e-Waste internationally, regionally and nationally.