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Technical Assistance

Priority consideration should be given to the provision of technical assistance and t ransfer of environmentally sound technologies relevant to:

(a) Development, updating and implementation of the national implementation plans called for in Article 7 of the Convention;

(b) Review of available infrastructure, capacity and institutions at the national and local levels and the potential to strengthen them in the light of the Convention;

(c) Training for decision-makers, managers and personnel responsible for issues related to the Convention in:

(i) Persistent organic pollutants identification;

(ii) Technical assistance needs identification;

(iii) Project proposal writing;

(iv) Legislation development and enforcement;

(v) Development of an inventory of persistent organic pollutants;

(vi) Risk assessment and management of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins and furans;

(vii) Evaluation of social and economic impacts;

(viii) Development of pollutant release and transfer registers;

(d) The development and strengthening of research capacity at the national, subregional and regional levels, including:

(i) The development and introduction of alternatives to persistent organic pollutants, with special emphasis on reducing the need for specific exemptions;

(ii) The training of technical personnel;

(e) The development and establishment of laboratory capacity, including the promotion of standard sampling and analysis procedures for the validation of inventories;

(f) The development, implementation and enforcement of regulatory controls and incentives for the sound management of persistent organic pollutants;

(g) The identification and disposal of persistent organic pollutant wastes, including transfer of environmentally sound technologies for the destruction of such wastes;

(h) The identification and promotion of best available techniques and best environmental practices;

(i) The identification and remediation of sites contaminated with persistent organic pollutants;

(j) The development and updating of a list of technologies that are available to be transferred to developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition in accordance with paragraph 4 of the Article 12 of the Convention;

(k) The promotion of awareness-raising and information-dissemination programmes, including awareness-raising among the general public, of issues related to the Convention;

(l) The identification of obstacles and barriers to the transfer of technology and identification of the means to overcome them;

(m) Effectiveness evaluation, including monitoring of levels of persistent organic pollutants.

Source: Decision SC-1/15 of Stockholm Convention:Guidance on technical assistance and transfer of environmentally sound technologies

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