Subcategories Project status:
IMPEL TFS – African collaboration follow up
- Number: 2011/20
- Status: Finalised
- Period: 2011
- Lead Country: Norway
Project team countries:
United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland
IMPEL TFS Members, the cluster secretariat and representatives from the Secretariat of the Basel Convention and their regional centres.
The main aim of this project is to help establish an enforcement programme in Benin, Egypt, Ghana and Nigeria led by IMPEL with the aim of preventing illegal export from Europe to West Africa. The programme consists of 2 training workshops in Europe and one in each of the four countries.
To ensure that waste is shipped to licensed facilities and treated in an environmentally sound manner without damaging the environment and human health, it is necessary to follow waste from its origin to its final destination. In case of waste shipments and treatment within the EU, the network of contacts exists and can be used for requests. This is not yet the case in countries of destination outside Europe. The past years, IMPEL TFS has invested in establishing contacts in Asian countries, mainly China and Hong Kong.
However, some major waste streams also find their way to African countries. Mainly the ELV and E-waste streams. The treatment of these streams there raises some doubts and better collaboration between the involved authorities is required. Recent developments have initiated the first contacts between IMPEL TFS and African countries. Firstly the INECE conference in Cape Town, April 2008, attended by representatives from key countries in Africa. Followed in June 2009 by two INECE workshops on E-waste and the Seaport project held in Ghana. Furthermore a representative of the Basel Convention Regional Centre from Nigeria attended the IMPEL TFS Conference in Sofia in 2008.
Please see the 2010 IMPEL project on EU-African collaboration.