IMPEL and Basel Convention Secretariat Publish Report on Capacity Building Activities and Monitoring E-waste Exports from the EU to West Africa

The E-waste Africa Project is a comprehensive programme aiming at enhancing the environmental governance of e-wastes and at creating favorable social and economic conditions for partnerships and small businesses in the recycling sector in Africa. It has been implemented in the framework of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. The project ran from November 2008 to June 2012.

Overall, the project goal was to enhance the capacity of West Africa and other African countries to tackle the growing problem of e-waste.
Specifically, the project aimed to:
I. Improve the level of information on flows of e-products and e-waste imported to West African countries and other African countries to enhance decision-making;
II. Increase the capacity of partner countries to manage end-of-life e-equipment and e-waste at the national level;
III. Investigate the feasibility of establishing environmentally sound materials recovery operations; and
IV. Enhance the capacity to monitor and control transboundary movements of e-waste and to prevent illegal traffic.

IMPEL, together with the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre based in Nigeria (BCCC-Nigeria), was responsible for implementing the fourth component of the project. The Secretariat of the Basel Convention (SBC) is responsible for the overall project coordination.

The objective of this fourth project component, aimed to implement an enforcement programme in five importing states in Africa on the monitoring and control of transboundary movements of used and end-of-life e-equipment and the prevention of illegal traffic. The activities that have been undertaken under this part of the project were to train various authorities that are responsible for monitoring and screening legal trade of used equipments and detecting and preventing illegal movements of e-waste.

The report describes the outcomes and experiences of the activities that have been organized as part of the fourth component of the E-waste Africa Project.

The report is available here