Enabling activities for the development of a National Implementation Plan to facilitate the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) for Namibia

Project General Information


NIP Namibia


Harmful substances and hazardous waste

Persistent Organic Pollutants


EA - Enabling Activities

Catalyzing Financial Resources for Implementation of Agreed Actions

Reduce and eliminate production, use and releases of POPs

Articulating the chemicals-related interventions supported by the GEF within countries' frameworks for chemicals management

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Department of Environmental Affairs, will be the executing agency of the project.


The Ministry has the overall mandate for environmental protection in Namibia. The Department of Environmental Affairs is the focal point for both the Basel and Stockholm Conventions, while a Waste Management, Pollution Control and Inspections Division within the Department takes responsibility for the management of chemicals through the control of imports, exports, storage, handling and disposal of chemicals, and to ensure occupational and environmental safety in Namibia.


The Department of Environmental Affairs will take the lead with guidance from a multi-stakeholder coordinating committee, which will comprise of other organizations involved in the management of chemicals in Namibia. These will include the Ministries of Home Affairs and Immigration; Mines and Energy; Trade and Industry; Agriculture, Water and Forestry; Health and Social Services; Labour and Social Welfare; Works and Transport. Other stakeholders will include our national utilities for energy, water and ports management (Nampower, Namwater and Namport); selected local authorities; the University of Namibia; the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia; NGOs; and other research centres.


Further information on the roles of the Executing Agency and Implementing Agency are provided in Project Component 1 below.

Expedited Enabling Activity(EA)




GEF Trust Fund

Stage Grant to UNEP Grant to other IA Co-Financing UNEP Fee Other IA Fee
$ 0.00 $ 277,200.00 $ 41,400.00 $ 27,720.00 $ 0.00


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)



Executing Agency Category
Namibia: Ministry of Envirnment and Tourism
National Government Agency

Partner Category

Name Category Period
Jan Betlem

Low Risk

Namibia has in place a system to control the importation, use and misuse of toxic chemicals and licensing of industrial establishments, laboratories, and chemicals storage. Investigations are taking place of work operations and processes involving the use of chemicals to determine possible sources of industrial and chemical risks, and to establish procedures for importation, handling, transportation, and storage of chemicals. Standards for chemical pollutants, and toxic chemicals are being put in place, including rules, regulations and procedures to ensure that these limits are not exceeded. Methods are also under development to monitor and control chemical pollution and risk. In general, lack of specialized expert input with regard to POPs as well as lack of capacity limit the possibilities of monitoring the risks from POPs in Namibia.

Not Applicable


Fiscal Year Project activities and objectives met


$ 0.00