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Activity

The Network activities include the followings, but not be limited to:

1. Collecting and disseminating information which are useful for promoting cooperation and coordination among the participating countries for prevention of illegal transboundary movements of hazardous wastes in the region. Information to be collected and disseminated may include:

  • Basic information on the Basel Convention;
  • National legislations and regulations covering the transboundary movements of hazardous wastes as well as control of second-hand commodities, and their implementation status;
  • Actual cases of illegal transboundary movements of hazardous wastes, in particular, including inappropriate shipments of second-hand commodities and recyclable materials;
  • Activities and experiences to enhance relationship with customs and port authorities; and
  • International flow of selected materials of common concern to the participating countries, e.g. second-hand commodities and recyclable materials.

2. Providing a forum for facilitating day-to-day information exchange and dialogue among the participating countries;

3. Supplying the information accumulated in the Network for capacity building activities for the participating countries, e.g. guidelines and technical manuals;

4. Organizing an annual workshop, and other events if necessary, aiming at promotion of the information exchange activities described above;

5. Conducting desk studies with regard to transboundary movements and/or the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes in Asia for discussion at next annual workshop, based on discussion and outcome at a previous annual workshop and other meetings under the Basel Convention, such as the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) and Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel Convention; and

6. Developing and operating an Internet website, which has linkage to relevant organizations such as customs, port authorities, and Secretariats of relevant international treaties, as one of the tools to promote information exchange and dissemination regarding above-mentioned activities.

As for the future activities of the Asian Network, additional components may be decided upon, as being in conformity with the purposes of the Network, through consultation among the participating countries.