Project :Strengthening Capacities for SAICM Implementation in Albania”

 

Outline of the project:

Recognizing the identification of capacity needs for sound chemicals management and SAICM implementation, sound governance, information exchange, strong legal framework, , and multi-stakeholder participation as important components of many of the “work areas” listed in the Global Plan of Action; and acknowledging the “development or updating of national chemical profiles and the identification of capacity needs for sound chemicals management” as a strategic priority of the Quick Start Programme: this proposed project aims to assist Albania to prepare a National SAICM Capacity Assessment, develop and strengthen its national governance structure (including developing an inter-ministerial coordinating mechanism, stakeholder involvement policy, and information exchange mechanism and website), undertake awareness raising and capacity building to effectively implement and enforce chemicals-related legislation, strengthen its information availability and information exchange through the development of a National Chemicals Management Database and updating of its National Profile.
Project activities:

•    Preparing a National SAICM Capacity Assessment through updating the National Profile and holding a Final Project Review Meeting
•    Strengthening the national governance structure (inter-ministerial coordinating mechanism, stakeholder involvement policy, information exchange mechanism and website)
•    Developing a National Chemicals Management Database
•    Strengthening the legal framework
Expected outcomes of the project:

•    A National SAICM Capacity Assessment;
•    A national governance structure (comprising a national SAICM inter-ministerial coordination mechanism, stakeholder involvement policy, and information exchange mechanism/National Chemical Safety Website for SAICM implementation) that raise awareness and strengthen information exchange among government ministries and stakeholders (including NGOs) concerned with the sound management of chemicals and SAICM, as well as established, and strengthened existing, national chemicals management bodies and a network of contact points;
•    A National Chemicals Management Database (regularly updated), which will include, where possible, chemicals data and information on the toxicological, biological, and environmental effects of chemicals (and build on existing data generated as part of the current National Profile (and future updates), Stockholm Convention NIP, and other data sources, such as the “Project of Identification and Prioritization of Environmental Hot-spots in Albania”, etc. The database will also be used to generate chemicals safety information notes on the Chemicals Information Exchange Network (CIEN) in order to keep the public informed on chemicals safety in the country.)
•    Strengthened technical skills of staff regarding information collection and database design, development, and maintenance
•    Raised awareness among government ministries and stakeholders (including NGOs) concerned with the sound management of chemicals and SAICM and on related legislation in particular, resulted in strengthen enforcement of the legal framework
•    Strengthened national coordination to ensure ongoing dialogue on chemicals safety/management involving all concerned parties and sectors
•    Health risk reduction, through improvement of knowledge on safe management of chemicals
•    Formalisation of, or strengthening of existing, national chemicals management bodies and a network of contact points
•    Strengthened skills for action plan development
•    An updated comprehensive assessment of the national infrastructure, relating to the legal, institutional, administrative, and technical aspects of chemicals management along with an understanding of the nature and extent of chemicals availability and use in the country—the National Profile—which provides crucial input into the decisions that need to be made regarding sound chemicals management including SAICM implementation and chemicals-related international and regional agreements, and public access to the updated National Profile on UNITAR’s website and on the National Chemicals Safety website (in Albanian and in English) and on a limited number of National Profile CDs