“The Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM)" has been invited to participate in the 4th “International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN)" Annual Meeting to be held in Hanoi Vietman, from July 14 to July 17, 2014. Organized by the “United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)" and the “Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT)", the meeting will provide an opportunity for the BCRC-CAM to exchange information and best practices on e-waste management and share an update on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULAB) efforts in Central America.
Under this framework, several project innovations will be showcased including the WEEE & ULAB Strategy for Central America and the Dominican Republic, UNIDO/GEF WEEE Project for Latin America, the EWAM Academy in San Salvador March-April 2014, the Rapid Assessment on ESM of Chemicals and HW in Central America & CRT Pilot, the Synergies Project: Formulation of Salvadoran National Chemicals & HW Strategy, the Review and validation of WEEE Technical Guidelines & setting up of WEEE public-private sector table in El Salvador, the Regional week on Chemicals and HW, and the Music for the Earth /Safe Planet & other AR activities among others.
The BCRC-CAM was the recipient of one of the OAS small grants under the “Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean” Phase I Project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that seeks to strengthen the capacity of NGOs and community associations in Central America and the Caribbean to build sustainable communities in the context of the “Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)". In this context, the BCRC-CAM formulated the WEEE Strategy for Central America through a participatory approach to improve the environmentally sound management of WEEE in participating countries.
The BCRC-CAM's mission is to "support governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations in the countries of the region in the safe and environmentally responsible management of hazardous materials through the implementation of the Basel Convention and other conventions and related initiatives promoting training, technology transfer and access to information, as well as raising awareness in an effort to prevent damage to the environment and health of the population in the region and contribute to its competitiveness and sustainable development”.
A festival event was held in the Mega Selectos Soyapango, El Salvador, on Sunday, 29 June 2014, was organized by Super Selectos, ENCANTO, Autoconsa, BCRC-CAM, Recicladora La Centroamericana, Acumuladores Iberia, CCAD/SICA, SalvaNatura, Municipality of Soyapango, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Organization of American States (OAS), the Department of State of the United States and UN Safe Planet Campaign.