The incident of the dumping of hazardous waste in Abidjan from the vessel “Probo Koala” in August 2006 emphasized the need for strengthening national and municipal waste management systems in Côte d’Ivoire, including systems for dealing with hazardous waste.
The project, funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Development Cooperation, the Government of Sweden and the Government of Denmark, is designed to build the capacity of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and others in the region for hazardous waste management, including the transboundary movement of hazardous waste in the region. Starting in the spring of 2008, this joint project between UNEP and the Secretariat for the Basel Convention comprises four components:
- Preparation of hazardous waste management plan for the District of Abidjan
To design a hazardous waste management plan that is relevant to the local circumstances, an inventory will be compiled for the District of Abidjan documenting the types, quantities and location of hazardous waste stockpiled and generated in the District, as well as the sources, types and quantities of hazardous waste entering and leaving the District, and the existing practices and facilities for transporting, storing and treating hazardous waste. Based on this inventory and on the existing legal framework, a hazardous waste management plan will be designed for the District of Abidjan in consultation with stakeholders. These include the Ministries of Environment Health, Urban Affairs and Industry, as well as representatives from the private sector and local environmental NGOs.
- Capacity-building for hazardous waste management in the Port of Abidjan
In cooperation with the International Maritime Organization, an assessment of the Port of Abidjan will be conducted to make recommendations on issues such as the system for hazardous waste management in the Port, current analysis techniques and standards against which wastes received from ships are monitored, and the improvement of protocols and infrastructure. Various government agencies play a role in the management of hazardous waste that enters the port, and will be targeted for training and other capacity-building activities. These include the Centre Ivoirien Antipollution, the Autonomous Port Authority of Abidjan, the Directorate of Customs; and the Directorate of Maritime Affairs.
- Regional capacity-building for the monitoring and control of transboundary movements of hazardous waste and chemicals
To strengthen the ability of the West African region to cope with transboundary movements of hazardous waste and chemicals, a country-level model will be developed to promote the coordinated implementation of multilateral environmental agreements relating to this issue and then applied to Côte d’Ivoire. The model will then be replicated, with necessary adjustments, to three other French-speaking countries in the West African region. The component may later be expanded to four English-speaking countries in the West African region.
- Assessment towards the development of a regional early warning system
In cooperation with the International Maritime Organization, preliminary work will be done to establish a network between port authorities in Europe and Africa, whereby information on the movement of hazardous waste into Africa is provided to the relevant authorities in a timely manner to allow preventative or preparatory action. The work will commence with a review of the existing early warning and information sharing facilities in the West African Region, as well as international best practices for early warning systems. An assessment will be conducted of structural issues in implementing an early warning system in West Africa and finally, recommendations will be made to West African states on the development and implementation of an early warning system.
For further information on UNEP's work in Côte d'Ivoire please contact Maliza Van Eeden,Project Coordinator on: firstname.lastname@example.org