Inception Meeting/Workshop for the BRS-NORAD Plastic Waste Project Holds in Accra, Ghana

The BCCC-Africa, the BRS Secretariat and the Government of Ghana (through its Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation – MESTI) have jointly organised the inception meeting for the plastic waste management project titled “Marine litter and microplastics: promoting the environmentally sound management of plastic wastes and achieving the prevention and minimization of the generation of plastic wastes”.

The project which is being funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) was held on the 8 and 9 October 2019 at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel, Accra, Ghana. It is being implemented by the Secretariat of the BRS Convention, with the support of the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre in Nigeria.

The objectives of the project are to:

  • Prevent and to significantly reduce marine litter and microplastics from sources in Ghana
  • Improve the infrastructure and systems for waste management, including material recycling, for waste from land-based activities from Ghana
  • Strengthen global commitments and national and regional instruments to prevent marine litter and microplastics

The project is expected to be completed in 24 months and will include activities such as:

  • Collecting of best practices and technologies
  • Development of strategies and pilot tests for awareness raising and ESM of plastic wastes from the packaging and fishing sectors
  • Identifying major stakeholders in the packaging sector in Ghana
  • Collecting best practices and technologies for reducing plastic wastes from packaging and fishing sector
  • Supporting the stakeholders in the packaging and fishing sector to develop plastic waste strategies, on the basis of the guidance on waste prevention and minimization in the ESM Toolkit
  • Pilot testing the best practices and technologies for reducing plastic wastes from packaging and fishing sector
  • Supporting the stakeholders in the sector to develop strategies/action plan to phase in sustainable management of plastic nets
  • Collecting best practices and technologies and pilot test them for preventing the releases of micro and nano-plastics in waste water
  • Pilot testing the best practices and technologies for preventing the releases of micro and nano-plastics in waste waters
  • Developing and disseminating ,including through school curricula, educational and outreach materials targeted to specific interest groups and range of ages to promote behavioral change towards sustainable consumption
  • Developing educational and outreach materials targeted to specific interest groups and range of ages to promote behavioral change
  • Advocating for the inclusion of elements of marine litter introduced into educational curricula

About 90 participants registered, and participated in the two-day meeting. These consisted of representatives from Ghanaian government institution, private sector industries, local NGOs, Academia, UN-related organisations (BRS Secretariat, UNIDO, World Bank, UNDP, BCCC-Africa), international organisations (WEF, GIZ), foreign expert consulting organisations, diplomatic missions (Embassy of Norway and media organisations

The workshop was declared open by the Honourable Minister for Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, while goodwill messages were given by the Executive Director of BCCC-Africa, the Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana, and the representative of the Secretariat of the BRS Conventions. Several presentations were made by appointed international and local consultants, representatives of MDAs if Ghana, the private sector and NGOs. The presentations generally centered on the subjects of legal & institutional frameworks for plastic waste management, inventory of plastic waste, control of transboundary movement of plastic waste, and plastic waste prevention and minimization.

 

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