US$21m to fight toxic chemicals and waste in the Caribbean


    Global Environment Facility will allocate US$21 million for Caribbean activities to manage and eliminate toxic chemicals and wastes.

    This allocation will be made available through a programme called ‘Implementing Sustainable Low and Non-Chemical Development in Small Island States’ or ISLANDS.

    This will include the collection of baseline information and the identification of country needs in an effort to prevent the build-up of Persistent organic pollutants, mercury and other harmful chemicals.

    In this regard, the executing agency for the Caribbean region, BCRC-Caribbean hosted a two-day Regional Inception Meeting for the GEF funded Programme in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) on August 27th and 28th at the Trinidad Hilton.

    This meeting included environmental agencies and technical officers from T&T, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Suriname.