The quarterly meeting of the “Management of hazardous chemical and biological waste in the African Atlantic Façade region and Tunisia” took place on Thursday 23rd October at the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP).
Reunión semestral en la sede de la FIIAPP del proyecto NRBQ35Quarterly meeting of the NRBQ35 project at the FIIAPP headquarters
The meeting included the participation of expert partners working on the project from ICIS, Italy, GRS, Germany, AENOR, Spain, in addition to FIIAPP representatives and the project manager. The aim of the meeting was to learn about the work accomplished to date and the objectives for the second phase of the project.
Andrew Proudlove, the project manager, summarized the work performed in the first year and announced that Ivory Coast has put forward the idea of creating a regional incineration centre for chemical wastes in Ivory Coast. During these past months of work, the need to establish incinerators in Liberia was detected, and therefore the project team reported this to the World Bank for it to explore financing possibilities. Other countries have proposed implementing pilot projects in different areas; one example is Morocco, which is proposing the creation of a waste treatment project at a hospital.
The first phase, which is ending now,consists of two packets: in the first, work was done on legislation and manuals for handling wastes; the second was focused on needs and waste management, and the legal situation of laboratories.
In the second phase of the project, which will get underway early next year, the plan is to hire a team of four local experts per country to support the Spanish, British, Italian, German and French experts working on the project. In this second phase, once the national institutions of the receptor countries have adequate training on waste management and control, special attention will be placed on raising the awareness of the population as to the danger associated with hazardous chemical and biological wastes.
This project is being financed by the European Union as part of the Centres of Excellence initiative, and will be implemented in seven Atlantic facade countries (Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Togo, Gabon) and Tunisia. The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) is in charge of managing it.