Review and update of the national implementation plan for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutans (POPs) in Morocco

Focal Areas: Persistent Organic Pollutants
Country(ies): Morocco
Geograpic scope: National
Project Description:

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 Programming for its replenishment V highlights the strong commitment of the GEF to support countries to comply with the Stockholm Convention and to address issues related to the inclusion of 10 new POPs added to the annexes of the Convention at the 4th, 5th and 6th sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (COP) . The Chemicals section of the GEF-5 Programming Document includes, under Objective 1, Phase out POPs and reduce POPs releases, Outcome 1.5 the country capacity built to effectively phase out and reduce releases of POPs. One of the outcome targets is that at least 45 countries receive support for NIP update. 


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[1] 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

[1] The new chemicals adopted at COP-4 are: Chlordecone, hexabromobiphenyl, pentachlorobenzene, lindane (gamma hexachlorocyclohexane), alpha hexachlorocyclohexane, beta hexachlorocyclohexane, tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether (commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether), hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether (commercial octabromodiphenyl ether), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOS).  Endosulfan has been adopted at COP-5.


Lead Executing Agency: Morocco: Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of Morocco (MEMWE)
Project Type: EA
PPG/PDF Grant: $ 0.00
PPG Confinancing: $ 0.00
Project Grant: $ 200,913.00
Project Confinancing: $ 0.00

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