To Strengthen the countries in the African Region in the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of Hazardous Waste through defining the template for the programmes and projects for the implementation of the Basel Convention and its Amendments.
BCCC-Africa coordinates the Basel Convention Regional Centres in: South Africa (for Anglophone countries in Africa), Senegal (for Francophone countries in Africa), and Egypt (for Arab states)
The Centres operate, under the guidance of the Basel Convention Secretariat, within the framework of an Action Plan common to all Centres, approved by the Conference of the Parties and adapted to the specific needs and possibilities of the geographic regions and sub-regions covered by their activities
The Centre plays a key role in building the capacity of the African countries to implement the Basel Convention and its amendments , and to enhance their knowledge of chemicals and hazardous wastes issues and to address their lack of inventories on waste generation and other infrastructural deficiencies which are expressed in the priority needs of the countries.
BCCC-Africa on behalf of the African Region supported by Peru moved the adoption of E-waste as an emerging policy issue in the second international Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) in Geneva in May 2009.
BCC-Africa is promoting South-South cooperation with BCRC China in June this year by sending one of its scientists to work at the Beijing centre for six months.
The Centre is currently housed in a bungalow located at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. This building was funded solely by the Federal Government of Nigeria
The Centre expects to receive an annual access Contribution of $100,000 (one hundred thousand dollars) pledged by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Stockholm Convention funded "Preliminary Assessment of new Pop's Pentabde, Octabde and Hbb Entering Africa Via used electronics/e-Waste; Development Of Methodology for sampling and Analysis Of Pbdes in e-Waste"
In May 2009 certain congeners contained in commercial Pentabromodiphenyl ether (c-PentaBDE) and commercial Octabromodiphenyl ether (c-OctaBDE)1 were listed in Annex A of the Stockholm Convention (POP-PBDEs) which prohibits production, use, import, and export.