Strengthening of the science-policy-business interface and life-cycle of chemicals and waste management

Background

The Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions address the protection of human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes, promoting the environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes at different stages of their life-cycle. While the Stockholm Convention deals with the production and use of certain hazardous chemicals; the Rotterdam Convention concerns their trade, sharing of information and responsibilities; and the Basel Convention deals with environmentally sound management and disposal of those substances when they become wastes. 

A life-cycle approach to chemicals and wastes management based on the legal-policy-science-business interface facilitates consideration of  socio-economic implications of taking regulatory measures with regard to listed chemicals , developing business cases, making use of social and economic incentives, and encouraging cooperation with academia and the private sector. 

Objectives

  • Promote innovative solutions for addressing challenges posed by specific use or specific chemicals addressed by the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions;
  • Bridge research and scientific initiatives with business solutions to benefit Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions in meeting their obligations;
  • Identify key elements of socio-economic impacts with regard to selected hazardous chemicals;
  • Document alternatives to selected hazardous chemicals and their applicability in the local context as well as needs for technology transfer.