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Resource Mobilization

Successful implementation of the Basel Convention Strategic Plan and building the capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition require effective resource mobilization and that environmentally sound management (ESM) of wastes is recognized as an important component of improving human health and the environment and interlinked with internationally agreed development goals.. Effective resource mobilization necessitates raising the awareness within multilateral and bilateral financial aid institutions and improving reception of proposals by mainstream Basel Convention objectives and to identify and pursue entry points to resources from international and bilateral aid agencies and institutions.The increased capacities for the ESM of hazardous wastes as a result of such efficiently used funds are also indicative of the key role that the Convention must play in fulfilling Vision 2020 of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). The ESM of all kinds of waste will advance significant environmental, human heath, poverty alleviation and food security objectives (for more information please click here)

General Information

The following information links provide Parties and BCRCs with information on potential donors for capacity building projects particular to implementing the Basel Convention.

Call for Funding Support
  • Resources are needed to assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition meet the obligations in the Convention and its declarations and decisions. Without assistance, human health and the environment continue to be at risk. Please click the following link to view the projects for which financial assistance is needed.

Communicating the benefits and value of the Convention can be supported through an analysis of the benefits from implementing the Convention and by defining what are the costs from inaction, or not having the existing Convention in place. At the same time, there is a need for quality environmental information is of key importance for developing responsive and cost-effective policies relating to the environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes. Recommendations that help countries improve their environmental information systems and produce reliable environmental data can be provided through a review and analysis of the costs and benefits through the implementation of the Convention by a Party. This information can help support requests for funding to donors by illustrating more clearly the need for project financing at the regional, national or local level which is supported by data.

As 171 Parties have signed the Convention, it is assumed that there is a perceived value or benefit to the Convention. In this connection, there is a strong need for data and involvement of statistical offices in specific countries to help standardise the classification of environmental expenditures on hazardous and other wastes management pursuant to the Convention. Given the challenge in quantifying and monetising the health effects from exposure to hazardous and other wastes, avoided costs of inaction, is proposed as a key focus of this cost benefit analysis.

In this connection, it is important to note that practical actions such as reducing, reusing and recycling can help cut the need for virgin materials and improve resource efficiency. This can also save energy and water, reduce waste and help mitigate climate change and can be ancillary benefits to implementation.

Documents for review and comment by Parties

UNEP/CHW.9/INF/33 - Parties are requested to review the annotated table of contents and the questions posed in the document and to provide comments at the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties. The underlying purpose in presenting this annotated table of contents is to obtain input from Parties and Signatories on the proposed method and information and data needs. Due to nature of this proposed annotated table of contents, and the time that may be needed to coordinate with other offices and Ministries at the national level, written comments are requested by Monday, 15 September, 2008.


FURTHER INFORMATION REQUESTED : The following is a list of questions for which additional further information is requested from Parties to the Convention for the Costs of Inaction (or Benefits of Action) paper, submitted as non-paper for chapter of the Cost Benefit analysis Framework to the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Additional Questions for Costs of Inaction paper, presented as a nonpaper to the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, as a draft of the chapter for the of the Cost Benefit Analysis Framework (UNEP/CHW.9/INF/33)

  • Do you have available in your country any existing case studies of the costs of remediation, clean-up, rehabilitation after hazardous waste accidents?
  • Does your Ministry or agency or another Ministry or agency in your country have information on compensation costs. For instance, who, if anyone, has been paid compensation for the negative impacts of hazardous waste production, treatment or transport? Are these payments related to normal operating procedures or the result of an unforeseen accident? What amount of compensation have been paid?
  • Does your Ministry or agency or another Ministry or agency in your country have evidence of impacts from waste mismanagement on other sectors of the economy, i.e. documented impacts on environmental quality, property value losses, loss of areas of outstanding scenic beauty (that may have otherwise attracted tourism revenue), estimations of effects on health of workers, local residents…etc.

Additional Questions for Cost Benefit Analysis Framework

  • What is the estimated capital cost of putting in place ‘state of the art’ hazardous waste infrastructure at a national level?
  • Does your Ministry or agency or another Ministry or agency in your country have cost estimates that can be shared concerning the implementation and enforcement of the Basel Convention, or other similar regulation? For overall study:
  • Can you provide contact names of any experts currently working on projects on a cost benefit analysis or on costs of inaction relating to waste and hazardous wastes in your country? At the national level are any other Cost Benefit Analysis' relating to environment policy programme being undertaken or recently completed?
Relevant Decisions

Decisions: VIII/34 (COP8), OEWG IV/15 (OEWG4), OEWG V/4 (OEWG5)

The Basel Convention, through UNEP, is part of a wider network called the Global Compact. The Global Compact is an initiative of the Secretary General of the United Nations which gives businesses worldwide the opportunity to adhere to nine principles for a sustainable and inclusive global economy. Three of these principles focus on environmental issues and fully embrace the aims of the Basel Convention's Partnership Programme. Please click on the link for more information.
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