The two GEF projects "Global project on the updating of National Implementation Plans for POPs" and "Global project on the updating of National Implementation Plans for POPs – add on to umbrella FSP project" are now completed.
The projects' objective was to assist countries to review and update their National Implementation Plan (NIP) in order to comply with reporting obligations (Article 15) and updating of National Implementation Plans (Article 7) under the Stockholm Convention.
These two projects assisted 34 Stockholm Convention Parties from all UN regions to update and/or develop their national implementation plans (NIPs) and included a regional/global support component to provide technical expertise and tools to facilitate the updating of the NIPs and information exchange.
National efforts were coupled with the international expert support: the projects called upon the expertise of UN Environment, the Stockholm Convention Regional Centers and Secretariat and other interested organizations. Roles and responsibilities were assigned to key players according to their capacities and their availability. This approach, including regional centers and expert organizations at a global scale, had not been implemented in the previous GEF projects. During the development of the NIP for the initial POPs, countries called upon international expertise for a specific action. These two recent projects initiated and/or enhanced the relationship between Parties to the Convention and their respective Regional Centers for technical support, with the aim to build up or strengthening a long-standing relationship.
Objective, outcomes and outputs of the global/regional components
Both projects included a global/regional support component which contributed to the enhancement of the communication and sharing of information among Parties to compare and harmonize data and to identify lessons learned and good practices.
The Global/regional component included:
- A regional and global assessment on the initial NIP development process to identify gaps and needs in regions and countries;
- Compiling the available POPs quantitative data existent within the NIP and national reports
- Development of an information exchange system including discussion forums, expert sessions, etc;
- Organizing thematic webinars on POPs inventories
- Organizing 3 training workshops in collaboration with BRS (Indonesia, Panama, Fiji)
- Enhancement of the Stockholm Convention clearinghouse (in close collaboration with the BRS Secretariat) and facilitation of national reporting;
- Mapping of the available POPs quantitative data from NIPs and national reports
- Incorporation of POPs data gathered into the SC clearinghouse (on going)
- Input and feed of information into the new GEF project on Articles 7 and 15
- Development of experts databases by region, language, and field of expertise:
- Development and dissemination of lessons learned:
- Face-to-face meeting at the eighth Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention (COP 8)
- Development of a questionnaire (Word and online versions, in English and Spanish)
- “From NIPs to Implementation: Lessons learned report”
A global workshop was organised from 23 to 24 October 2018 in Montevideo, Uruguay, to disseminate lessons learned and good practices identified within the National Implementation Plan development, update and implementation processes at national level, share the information on main findings and identify national and regional opportunities to implement the Stockholm Convention.
The Parties involved within the projects are Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Djbouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Gambia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Madagascar, Malawi, Afghanistan, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Malaysia, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Tonga and Yemen. Another major outcome of the projects global/regional component was compiling the available POPs quantitative data existent within the NIP and national reports and visualizing it on interactive maps created under MapX.