Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM) San Salvador, El Salvador
The Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM) has the mission to support governments, private sector and civil society organizations of countries in our subregion, in ESM of hazardous materials and other wastes, through the synergistic implementation of Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions and other related conventions and initiatives. We are committed to tap into the potential of public-private sector partnerships to prevent damage to the environment and to the health of the population and to contribute to its competitiveness and sustainable development. Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) presents us a complex challenge which requires even more this private-public partnership approach, but open to learn from advances and challenges from different parts of the world, in order to tip the balance to our favor on this fastest growing waste stream which at presents seems unmanageable. On the e-waste challenge, we need to be innovative and use existing potential in different stakeholders, and to offer high quality resources to our subregion. Our current alliance with Ministries of Environment, Health and Telecommunications authorities, together with national subregional and international private sector, Academia, NGO, SBSR, ITU and multilateral and bilateral cooperation agencies gives us scope to be optimistic but requires us to keep our eyes and ears open.