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