Continuing regional Support for the POPs Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention in the Africa Region

Project General Information


Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention in the Africa Region


Harmful substances and hazardous waste

Persistent Organic Pollutants


OP14 - Program for Reducing and Eliminating Releases of Persistent Organic Pollutants

Crosscutting Capacity Building

Reduce and eliminate production, use and releases of POPs

Building capacity on access and benefit sharing

The GEF is the financial mechanism of the Stockholm Convention and, as such, supports activities to meet its objectives. As reflected in Article 16 of the Convention, an important element for effective implementation of the convention is the availability of reliable information on POPs levels in humans and in the environment. Following the completion of the 1st Global Monitoring Report (UNEP/POPS/COP.4/33), the Conference of Parties requested in its decision SC-4/31 “the financial mechanism of the Convention (…) to provide sufficient financial support to further step-by-step capacity enhancement (…) to sustain the new monitoring initiatives with provided data for the first monitoring report.” The project is therefore in line with the GEF chemicals strategy’s objective 1: phase out POPs and reduce POPs releases.

Full Size Project(FSP)



Zambia, Dem Rep Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda

GEF Trust Fund

Stage Grant to UNEP Grant to other IA Co-Financing UNEP Fee Other IA Fee
$ 4,208,000.00 $ 0.00 $ 8,462,000.00 $ 420,800.00 $ 0.00



United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)



Executing Agency Category

Partner Category

Name Category Period

Moderate Risk

A program involving 14 countries has obvious logistical risks. The former project consisted of two sub-regional coordinators at the Toxicology Laboratory in Mali and University of Nairobi in Kenya. Both regional executing institutions are well established in their regions and delivered to the global coordinator at Chemicals Branch in UNEP/DTIE. All countries have WHO focal points. With this the project builds on an already existing network with proven capacity to carry out the project activities. Some issues, in particular with respect to logistics, were raised at the final workshop of the African POPs monitoring projects, which was held as a combined workshop for the UNEP/GEF West African and East-Southern African countries (Amsterdam, 28 February-2 March 2011). These issues were further discussed during a brainstorming meeting on POPs monitoring (Geneva, Switzerland, 14-15 July, 2011) gathering the partners of the first round of the UNEP/GEF POPs monitoring projects. These issues and difficulties are mainly related to funds transfer from the sub-regional coordinator (in Mali and Kenya, resp.) to the participating countries with losses through volatility in exchange rates, banking costs; problems with timely communication between the country coordinators and the subregional coordinator. Another challenge was the delay in the collection of the human milk samples due to ethical issue at the level of the Ministries of Health. Possible solutions and approaches were proposed. These will be further discussed during the sub-regional workshop to be held in component 1 of this new project, and the issues will be addressed in the revised workplan and project arrangements. The not yet satrisfactory performace of the POPs laboratories constitutes another risk. However, this was expected and time is needed to reach overall satisfactory performance. The participating laboratories and their hosting institutions have demonstrated a high degree of dedication to the monitoring issue and with time – 4 years assumed for this new project – it can be expected that the laboratories will improve as they receive further training and more samples from national and international clients. Laboratories interested and adequately equipped for PFOS analysis – criteria to be established through the UNEP/GEF project on New POPs Monitoring . It is therefore expected that at least or two laboratories will be enabled to deliver analytical results for the newly included POPs. The laboratories equipped with mass spectrometers will be the first candidates for the analysis of the brominated flame retardants, such as PBB and PBDE. For external quality assurance and quality control, a number of samples will be analyzed in an experienced partner laboratory.

Zahra Hassanali

Not Applicable



Fiscal Year Project activities and objectives met

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