The Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention at its sixth meeting (Geneva, December 2002) mandated the Secretariat of the Basel Convention to prepare the Country Fact Sheets for the year 2000 and to make it available to Parties and non-Parties. Accordingly, the Secretariat has prepared ninety-three Country Fact Sheets for the year 2000 as compared to the eighty-seven Country Fact Sheets prepared for the year 1999, based on the national reporting done by Parties. This reflects a trend in improved national reporting by Parties to the Secretariat. It could be attributed to the successful revision1 of the questionnaire on “Transmission of Information” as well as to the increased awareness among Parties towards the obligation of reporting as a Party to the Convention. On one hand it re-confirms the growing commitment of the Parties to report and on the other hand the active role played by the Secretariat in facilitating such reporting by Parties.
The purpose of the Country Fact Sheets is to provide access to the much-needed information on country activities related to hazardous wastes and other wastes in a concise manner to decision makers and others thus facilitating the effective implementation of the Convention.
The main scope of the Country Fact Sheets is to cover a Party’s national definition of hazardous wastes, data on quantities of hazardous wastes and other wastes generated, exported and imported, restrictions on transboundary movement, reduction and/or elimination of hazardous waste generation, transboundary movement reduction measures, disposal/recovery facilities, bilateral, multilateral or regional agreements and technical assistance and training available. It also covers the concerned Party’s contact address of the competent authority, focal point, status of ratification and ratification/acceptance of the Amendment to the Basel Convention. The Country Fact Sheets are arranged alphabetically by country in this publication.
The Country Fact Sheets have been prepared on the basis of the information provided by Parties for the year 2000 in accordance with Articles 13 & 16 of the Convention. A cut-off date was set to 30 November 2002 and only those completed questionnaires for the year 2000 which were received on or before this date have been taken into consideration while preparing the Country Fact Sheets. These Country Fact Sheets were sent to the respective Party providing the information for reviewing and for approval. To make the content of the Country Fact Sheets as current as possible, updates on policy related issues were requested from Parties (only in relation to the existing headings of the Country Fact Sheets with the exception of statistics on hazardous waste generation, export and import). Feedback received from Parties until 15 March 2003 has been taken into account while finalizing these Country Fact Sheets.
In some cases, the Secretariat sought specific clarifications from some Parties in relation to the data and information provided by them. Clarifications received are reflected in the contents of the Country Fact Sheets. However, some clarifications are still pending from Parties and they are reflected as footnotes.
The Secretariat acknowledges and appreciates every effort made by Parties to fulfil the reporting requirements of the Convention and look forward to their continued cooperation on this matter.
Dr. Sachiko Kuwabara-Yamamoto