Develop the national implementation plan for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Iraq

Project General Information



01439

NIP Iraq


Harmful substances and hazardous waste

Persistent Organic Pollutants

VI

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

Targeted Capacity Building

Reduce and eliminate production, use and releases of POPs

Integrating sound chemicals management in GEF projects

Iraq ratified the Stockholm Convention 06 June 2016. Iraq recognizes its obligation under article 7 of the Convention to develop a National Implementation Plan (NIP) and transmit it to the Conference of the Parties (COP) within two years of entry into force of the Convention. Iraq also recognizes its obligation under article 15 to report at periodic intervals to the Conference of the Parties on the measures it has taken to implement the provisions of the Stockholm Convention.

 

Article 13 of the Convention sets out the principles on which “…developed country Parties shall provide new and additional financial resources to enable developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition to meet the agreed full incremental costs of implementing measures that fulfil their obligations under the convention”. The GEF is a principal component of the financial mechanism of the Stockholm Convention and, as such, supports activities to meet its objectives. The GEF Council in its 17th meeting (May 2001) has decided that  a typical enabling activity proposal is expected to have a total cost not exceeding $500,000.

 

At its fourth meeting, held from 4 to 8 May 2009, the COP, adopted decisions SC-4/10 to SC-4/18 that amended Annexes A (elimination) and C (unintentional production) of the Stockholm Convention to list nine additional chemicals  as Persistent Organic Pollutants (new POPs). The COP noted needs for guidance and technical/financial support for developing countries and countries with economies in transition, bearing in mind paragraph 1 of Article 12 of the Convention. The COP also noted that some of the listed chemicals, especially industrial chemicals, are still produced in some countries and used in many countries; others exist globally in stockpiles and wastes that need to be dealt with in accordance with Article 6 of the Convention. Some Parties expressed needs for guidance on how to identify chemicals contained in articles/products and also those released from unintentional production. At its fifth meeting, held from 25-29 April 2011, the COP to the Stockholm Convention, by decision SC-5/4 adopted endosulfan as the tenth new POP. At its sixth meeting, held from 28 April to 10 May 2013 the COP to the Stockholm Convention, by decision SC-6/13 adopted hexabromocyclododecane as the eleventh new POP. At its seventh meeting, held in 2015, the Conference included the adoption of decisions listing Hexachlorobutadiene, pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters, and polychlorinated Naphthalenes to the Convention. This project will not approach chemicals listed in 2015.

 

At COP-5, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced that it would make available grants of up to 250,000 USD to each eligible country embarking upon NIP review and updating. Parties to the Stockholm Convention were requested not only to include information on new POPs but also to update existing information on the twelve initial POPs.

 

The GEF Programming for its replenishment VI, Program 2 has allocated 20$ million to “support enabling activities and

promote their integration into national budgets, planning processes, national and sector policies and actions and global monitoring” which highlights the strong commitment of the GEF to support countries to comply with the Stockholm Convention.

 

Through this project Iraq is applying for funds to develop its first NIP that will take into account 23 POPs listed in the Convention until COP 6.

 

 


Expedited Enabling Activity(EA)



Western Asia


Iraq


GEF Trust Fund

Stage Grant to UNEP Grant to other IA Co-Financing UNEP Fee Other IA Fee


No

Project Outcome: Iraq mainstream chemicals management in the country through the process of development of its national implementation plan for the Stockholm Convention

Project Objective: Develop the National Implementation Plan (NIP) in order to comply with article 7 and reporting obligations (Article 15) under the Stockholm Convention

Project Component

Project Outputs

(in $)

GEF Project

Financing

Confirmed Co financing[1]

1.     Support to share information and evaluate NIPs worldwide

1.1      Capacity building and technical assistance provided to countries to develop NIPs while building sustainable foundations for its future implementation;

 

1.2      Knowledge management services provided.

30,000

0

2.     NIP development, endorsement and submission to the Stockholm Convention Secretariat

2.1    Technical guidance and support provided to strengthen the national coordination mechanism for NIP development and future implementation;

 

2.2    Comprehensive information on the current POPs management institutions and regulatory framework, POPs life cycle in the country and their impacts to human health and the environment  compiled and made publicly available;

 

2.3    Draft NIP developed based on identified national priorities;

 

2.4    Technical support provided to facilitate the NIP endorsement and submission to the Stockholm Convention Secretariat.

506,000

0

Monitoring and Evaluation

16,000

0

Subtotal

552,000

0

Project Management Cost[2]

48,000

0

Total Project Cost

600,000

0

 



[1]Co-financing for enabling activity is encouraged but not required.

[2]This is the cost associated with the unit executing the project on the ground and could be financed out of trust fund or co-financing sources. For EAs within the ceiling, PMC could be up to 10% of the Subtotal GEF Project Financing.





External

DTIE

DTIE

Executing Agency Category

Partner Category

Name Category Period

Low Risk

N/A

Kevin Helps



0

Other


National Implementation Plans


Fiscal Year Project activities and objectives met

A.         Enabling Activity Goal,  Objectives, and Activities:

The goal of the NIP development project is to contribute to the efforts of Iraq in implementing the Stockholm Convention  and consequently protect human health and the environment from the risks posed by the unsound use, management and release of POPs.

 

The objective of the NIP development is to comply with Article 7 of the Stockholm Convention that states that Parties shall “develop and endeavor to implement a plan for the implementation of its obligations under this Convention. Through the process of NIP development and the cooperation of main national stakeholders it’s expected that Iraq will also take tangible steps towards mainstreaming chemicals management in the country.

 

             

Expected Outputs and planned activities:

 

1.1   Capacity building and technical assistance provided to countries to develop NIPs while building sustainable foundations for its future implementation.

 

1.1.1    Organise training on project coordination and lessons learned and good practices from previous projects. A gender expert will be engaged at this stage to ensure gender considerations are fully taken into account in the project implementation;

1.1.2    Organise regional discussions and information exchange on POPs on the basis of updated NIPs.

 

1.2      Knowledge management services provided.

 

1.2.1    Update/revise/enhance database of experts on POPs management;

1.2.2    Incorporate inventory data into the SSC clearinghouse;

1.2.3    Identify and disseminate lessons learned.

 

Component 2: NIP development, endorsement and submission to the Stockholm Convention Secretariat

 

In this project component, the national agency in charge of NIP development will identify institutional needs and strengths and will identify a national coordination mechanism on POPs management.  The National Coordination Mechanism will include Government representatives from health, environment, labor, finance, and planning, as well as non-governmental organizations including the national chemical industry association, and civil society organizations. This component will gain political commitment to the NIP development and its future implementation.

 

The component assess the need for any specific exemptions, will engage stakeholders to validate the plans before they are compiled into the revised national implementation plan, assess the national infrastructure and regulatory framework for POPs management and develop POPs inventories for the 23 POPs listed in the Convention until COP6 using the guidance developed by the Stockholm Convention Secretariat.

 

These outputs will set out current understanding of POPs issues in Iraq, including existing control measures and management arrangements as well as POPs inventories. It will establish a ranking of actions based on obligations set out in the Convention and the risks posed to human health and the environment in Iraq and set out cost-effective action plans for the adopted POPs.

 

Finally, the draft NIP will be reviewed by national stakeholders and endorsed by them. This process of wide consultation will likely include inter-ministerial meetings, workshops with non-Government stakeholders, written communications and discussions leading to a NIP that is widely accepted and can be endorsed by Government for submission to the Secretariat of the Convention.

 

Expected Outputs and planned activities:

 

2.1      Technical guidance and support provided to strengthen the national coordination mechanism for NIP development and future implementation.

 

2.1.1             National inception workshop to identify key stakeholders and agree on their roles; agree on project workplan and budget; development of a monitoring and evaluation plan and an awareness raising strategy to be implemented throughout the project;

2.1.2             Develop initial assessment of institutional needs and strengths;

2.1.3             Develop ToRs for National Coordination Mechanism for NIP development.

 

2.2      Comprehensive information on the current POPs management institutions and regulatory framework, POPs life cycle in the country and their impacts to human health and the environment compiled and made publicly available.

 

2.2.1             Develop a comprehensive overview of national infrastructure and regulatory framework to manage POPs and prepare report;

2.2.2             Develop inventories covering all 23 POPs and prepare report;

2.2.3      Develop an overview of POPs impacts to human health and the environment and prepare report.

 

2.3      Draft NIP developed based on identified national priorities.

 

2.3.1             Action Plans for all POPs developed and validated by all stakeholders;

2.3.2              Make draft NIP available to all stakeholders.

 

2.4      Technical support provided to facilitate the NIP endorsement and submission to the Stockholm Convention Secretariat.

 

2.4.1            Develop and implement NIP outreach strategy report in consultation with key national stakeholders;

2.4.2            Develop and initiate the implementation of a roadmap for NIP endorsement and submission to the Stockholm Convention Secretariat. 


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