Basel Convention Regional Coordinating Centre for Africa (BCRC)
BCBR is a national institution with a regional mandate for training, capacity building, and research in the field of control of trans-boundary movement of hazardous wastes and their disposal. The Centre has mandate to assist African governments to implement the 1989 Basel Convention and the Ban Amendment effectively. In this regard it coordinates the activities of the other three Basel Convention centres in Africa namely BCRC (Egypt) for Arab Speaking Countries, BCRC (Senegal) for French speaking African Countries and BCRC (South Africa) for English speaking African countries. The Centre has focussed on electronic waste, e-waste (inventory, laboratory analysis, environmental impact and modelling of material flow in the supply chain etc); Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULAB), Used Tires, Health Care Waste as well as the recycling of used oils. The Centre has also developed a template for the development of a private – public partnership for used oil management in Africa. Recycling of hazardous slag from auto battery manufacture into ceramic tiles and building bricks have also been accomplished by the centre apart from organising regional and national meetings for the Basel Convention and Rotterdam Convention respectively.
Main role in the project
BCRC will collaborate on setting the project framework under WP1. They will participate in the regional assessment of SWM systems in the target countries, map and evaluate the current research and network, evaluate SWM practices, evaluate the legal background, governance and socio-economic structure, and detect the main barriers hindering the implementation of ISWM systems. Moreover, BCRC will provide support to the selection of best practices from non OECD countries, to the identification of requirements for the implementation of ISWM systems and the elaboration of the guidelines for their implementation. BCRC will participate in the development of policy guidelines and recommendations. They will be the leading organization for WP5, being also responsible for the evaluation of the environmental effects of the changes proposed during the project time frame.