GEF LDC and SIDS program on sound management of chemicals and waste

23 August 2019. The GEF’s Least Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States Program seeks to address the sound management of chemicals and waste through strengthening the capacity of sub-national, national and regional institutions and strengthening the enabling policy and regulatory framework in these countries.  It provides support to the development of public-private partnerships specifically adapted to the circumstances of LDCs and SIDs to enable the sound management of chemicals and waste.

Activities include:

  • Implementing Sustainable Low and Non-Chemical Development Strategies in SIDS and LDCs;
  • Promoting Best Available Technologies (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) to reduce UPOPs releases from sectors relevant to the Minamata and Stockholm Conventions in SIDS and LDCs;
  • Promoting cleaner health-care waste management based on the lessons learnt from GEF funded healthcare waste projects to reduce UPOPs and mercury releases;
  • Strengthening the management system for e-waste, addressing all stages of the life cycle (i.e. acquisition of raw materials, design, production, collection, transportation and recycling) in SIDS and LDCs;
  • Phasing out of mercury-containing products;
  • Undertaking gender mainstreaming and project monitoring and evaluation; and
  • Developing a strategy to ensure that technical assistance and investments are solidly linked to enhance countries’ ability to deal with the management of POPs and mercury in a sustainable manner.References: GEF Secretariat (2018), “GEF 7 Replenishment, Programming Directions”, Fourth Meeting for the Seventh Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund April 25, 2018 Stockholm, Sweden