General Directorate of Environmental Management Chemicals Management Department
General Directorate of Environmental Management Chemicals Management Department
Enabling Activities To Facilitate Early Action On The Implementation Of The Stockholm Convention On POPs In Turkey

 Project Summary

Project Identifiers

1.   Project Number:

GEF Project ID: 1873

4.    GEF Implementing Agency/Executing Agency with Expanded Opportunities:

United Nations Industrial Development Organization

2.   Project Name:

Enabling activities to facilitate early action on the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Republic of Turkey

5.   Country eligibility:

Turkey is a signatory to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

3.   Country:                                     The Republic of Turkey

6.   Name of GEF national operational focal point and date of the endorsement letter was signed (copy of endorsement letter attached):

Endorsement Letter signed on the:       19 August 2002

Summary of Project Objectives, Activities, and Expected Outcomes

7.   Project objective:

The overall objective of the proposed Enabling Activities (EA) is to strengthen national capacity and capability to prepare a National Implementation Plan (NIP) for the management of POPs. This plan will provide a basic and essential level of information to enable policy and strategic decisions to be made and identify priority activities that Turkey should undertake in order to meet the requirements of the Stockholm Convention. It will be endorsed by all stakeholders prior transmission to the Conference of Parties (COP).

8.   Project activities:

The proposed project activities will follow the step-wise process outlined in the GEF “Initial Guidelines for Enabling Activities for the Stockholm Convention on POPs” and are described in detail in the main body of this proposal. In summary, these activities will:

  • establish a sustainable national inventory system that identifies and quantifies POPs production, trade, storage, use or unintentional emission (Articles 3, 5, 6, 9, 10);

  • assess current legal, institutional, and technical capacity in the management and monitoring of POPs;

  • assess the socio-economic implications of POPs use and reduction, and create awareness of POPs-related risks amongst stakeholders through information exchange and education so as to facilitate the identification and introduction of alternative chemicals (substitutes) (Articles 9, 10);

  • identify, from preliminary inventories and assessments, the actions to be taken by Turkey as a matter of priority;

·         prepare and gain endorsement for, a National Implementation Plan, in accordance with Article 7.

9.   Project expected outcomes:

A National Plan for the implementation of the obligations of Turkey under the Stockholm Convention (NIP).

National capacity and capabilities to implement the NIP and fulfil reporting requirements to the COP.

Project duration, costs and executing agencies

10.  Project duration:                               2 years

11. Estimated total budget:                      US$ 469,700

12. Amount being requested from the GEF:            US$ 469,700

13.  Information on the organization submitting the proposal:

UNIDO is the United Nations’ specialized agency for industrial development. It has long-established programmes to improve the economic and environmental performance of industry in developing countries and in countries with economies in transition.  It has accumulated significant knowledge of a variety of industries such as the chemicals, pulp and paper, cement and textiles sectors. It is conversant with issues related, inter alia, to pesticide formulation and to the unintentional generation of POPs by-products.

UNIDO has participated in those Interagency Cooperative events that led to the intergovernmental negotiations for the preparation of the Stockholm Convention including:

·         international meetings held in Vancouver, Canada in 1995 and Manila, the Philippines, in 1996;

·         meetings of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) and the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC);

·         Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) meetings for an International Legally Binding Instrument for Implementing International Action on Certain POPs.

UNIDO is an executing agency with expanded opportunities for implementing GEF projects and, in 2001, became a member of the GEF Inter-Agency Task Force on POPs. It is mandated to submit enabling activity proposals directly to GEF. To date, 28 EA proposals submitted by UNIDO have been approved.

UNIDO and its partners have developed a number of proposals and is executing projects:

·         to identify best technologies for POPs elimination;

·         to identify and evaluate alternative materials as substitutes for the prescribed POPs;

·        to identify suitable approaches to legal and social aspects of the management of POPs engaging government structures, industry and civil society.

UNIDO’'s International Centre of Science and High Technology (ICS), Trieste, Italy, has prepared a training programme on POPs and is implementing it for national officials of developing countries

14. Information on the proposed executing organization.

The Ministry of Environment (MoE) will be the executing agency of this project. Its structure and responsibilities are given in Annex 1. The Ministry is the authorized body in Turkey, which establish standards and guidelines, formulate policies, develop cooperation with other ministries, monitor the trends, enforce the current legislation and disseminate information related to the environment.


15. Date the proposal was submitted to a GEF Implementing Agency/Executing Agency with Expanded Opportunities: 19 August 2002

16. Date the proposal was submitted to the GEF Secretariat:  24 October 2002

17. Date the proposal was approved: 17 December 2002                

18. GEF Agency Approval Date: 19 February 2003

19. Project Status: IA Approved

20. Implementation Status: Project completed

Project Proposal Text