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The Asia Pacific Plastic Waste Project


About the project

The Asia Pacific Plastic Waste Project (APPW), aims to strengthening the capacity of Customs administrations to mitigate and appropriately respond to environmental threats in the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, the focus is placed on the implementation of the Basel Convention, and specifically on matters related to plastic waste and the illegal shipment thereof.

  • Project duration: April 2020 – March 2022
  • Project beneficiaries are the Customs Administrations of:
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka

The project is led by the WCO Secretariat and funded by the Japanese Government..

Project aims

  • Increased awareness and knowledge with regards to the Basel Convention, and specifically plastic waste;
  • A responsive Risk Management approach introduced to mitigate plastic waste;
  • Improved recording of waste shipments and seizures;
  • Enhanced and functional relationship with National Management Authorities, especially through the Single Window Environment;
  • Processes introduced to validate Prior Informed Consent certificates with declarations and clearance process;
  • Trained enforcement teams with regards to the technical issues associated with plastic waste;
  • Enhanced procedures to process legal consignments of waste.

Project activities

  • Diagnostic missions in the four beneficiary countries to assess Members’ practices in dealing with the Transboundary movement of Plastic waste.
  • Development of national implementation plans.
  • Development of capacity building materials.
  • Organization of four national workshops.

A Regional Plastic Waste Conference to create awareness and chart a way forward for mitigating the risks associated with plastic waste.

Project contact

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