The Regional Workshop on Capacity Strengthening and Information Exchange on PCBs Managementwas held in Beijing, China on 25-26 April, 2012. The workshop was organized by Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for Capacity-building and the Transfer of Technology in Asia and the Pacific (SCRCAP), and attended by 30 participants totally. They are delegates from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China and Myanmar, and participants from universities, research academies, laboratories and industrial sectors. The topicsof the workshop were information exchange in status of PCBs management, development of PCBs regional management strategy, discussion on establishment of regional information exchange platform and mechanism, etc.
The workshop was held under the framework of SAICM Quick Start Programme“Capacity Strengthening and Information Exchange on PCBs Management in Selected Asia Countries”. This project selects 4 countries in Asia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, to develop national PCBs management policies by comprehensive analysis on the status and necessary supplementary investigation based on available NIPs, and to build the basis forregional strategy on PCBs management.
Mr. Xia Yingxian, on behalf of the Department of Department of International Cooperation of MEP, and Prof. LI Jinhui, the Executive Secretary of SCRCAP, attended the opening session and gave welcome addresses and warmly welcomed the participants.During the workshop, representative from SCRCAP reviewed the project advancements and regional PCBs management, introduced the Regional Information Exchange Platform on PCBs,and organized a discussionon “Establishment of regional information exchange platform and mechanism”. Delegatesfrom Cambodia, Lao PDR, Pakistan and Sri Lanka reported the project implementation in their country, delegates from China and Myanmar introduced the status of PCBs management in their country, and academia experts also gavepresentations onenvironmental requirement of PCBs management, PCBs inventorydevelopmentmethodology, lab analysis method of POPs and PCBs disposal facility and technology. As the Chief Technical Advisor of the project, Dr. Huang Jun from School of Environment, Tsinghua University, introduced the PCBs management in Asia-Pacific region, and the drafted project proposaltitled “Identification and Demonstration of Disposal of PCB Containing Electrical Equipment and Related Wastes in Selected Asia-Pacific Countries”.
The workshop stimulated and enhanced intercommunion and communication about national PCBs management, strengthenedcooperation and coordination of countries in Asia-Pacific region, and promotedimplementation of the Stockholm Conventionin Asia-Pacific region.
See SAICM Quick Start Programme“Capacity Strengthening and Information Exchange on PCBs Management in Selected Asia Countries” at: http://sc.bcrc.cn/col/1253668436843/2011/01/24/1295833330493.html