05 Mar 2018 Story Environmental rights and governance

Training customs officers in Suriname in pesticide inspection

The programme on capacity building related to Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries (the ACP MEAs Programme) aims to reduce the adverse effects of biodiversity loss and contribute to the sound management of chemicals, including the adequate disposal of waste and obsolete pesticides. This programme operates under the African Hub, Caribbean Hub and the Pacific Hub.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries in Suriname, the Caribbean Hub led a training workshop on Pesticides Inspection and Customs Issues in the Caribbean, with the aim of enhancing the capacity of pesticides inspectors and customs officers. The training focused on managing pesticides and enforcing relevant national and international laws, including in accordance with the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions.

With support from the Food and Agriculture Organization, the workshop was held in the capital Paramaribo from 4 to 6 December 2017, and was attended by 20 pesticides inspectors and 14 customs officers.

This workshop was a follow-up to another joint training workshop on pesticides inspections and customs issues in the Caribbean, organized by Food and Agriculture Organization and Caribbean Community Secretariat in Saint Lucia 15-17 March 2017.

The workshop emphasized the importance of transferring knowledge to national stakeholders. One of the desired outcomes of the FAO and the Caribbean Community Secretariat workshop was for participants to organize follow-up training sessions at the national level in their home countries.

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