Workshop on Continuing PCB Management in the Latin American and Caribbean Countries
Panama City, Panama
February 11-12, 2008


Efforts to date to identify and eliminate PCBs and PCB-containing equipment in the Latin American and Caribbean countries have made significant progress and have also illustrated the considerable quantities which remain to be removed and which still pose a threat to the environment.

The Stockholm Convention details target dates for elimination of all PCB-related materials. In consideration of the concerted efforts and the necessary infrastructures which will be required to meet those target dates, UNEP's Chemicals Branch supports numerous activities aimed at increasing countries' capacities to effectively manage their PCBs.

The Workshop on Continuing PCB Management in the Latin American and Caribbean Countries builds upon the previous regional activities of many actors. Through building partnerships and sharing stakeholder experience the Workshop will help advance towards the goal of eventually eliminating PCBs from the region.
Proceedings: Proceedings


Draft Programme: English: Draft PCB Workshop Programme - English | Español: Draft PCB Workshop Programme - Spanish

Information note: English: Info note - English | Español: Information note - Spanish

Discussion points: English: Discussion points - English | Español: Discussion points - Spanish

Venue / accommodation details: English: Invitation letter - English
Información sobre Lugar / Alojamiento: Español: Invitation letter - Spanish

! ATTENTION !: Accomodations are scarce in Panama City for mid-February. Participants are strongly advised to book rooms early. Accomodation alternatives to El Panama are listed here.Invitation letter - Spanish

Pre-Workshop Survey on PCB Management status: English: Survey - English
Encuesta Pre-Taller sobre el estado actual de los BPC: Español: Survey - Spanish

Pre-registration form: English: Draft PCB Workshop Programme - EnglishPre-registration form - English
Formulario de pre-inscripcion: Español: Draft PCB Workshop Agenda - EnglishPre-registratoin form - Spanish

Invitation letter: English: Invitation letter - English | Español: Invitation letter - Spanish
Invitation letters were sent to UNEP POPs focal points (i.e. nominated Stockholm Convention Contact/Focal Points)

Supporting documents & links:

UNEP Chemicals:
Worldwide inventory of PCB destruction capacity (Updated)

Guidelines for the Identification of PCBs and Materials Containing PCBs

PCB Transformers and Capacitors: From Management to Reclassification and Disposal
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Transformadores y condensadores con PCB: desde la gestión hasta la reclasificación y eliminación

Link to Documents: POPs Laboratory Capacity Assessment and Capacity-Building Needs Project
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Documentos del Proyecto: Evaluación de las Capacidades Existentes y Necesarias para el Análisis de Contaminantes Orgánicos Persistentes

Stockholm convention:
BAT/BEP Guidance - Draft guidelines on best available techniques and provisional guidance on best environmental practices relevant to Article 5 and Annex C

Basel Convention:
Technical guidelines:
Technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated terphenyls (PCTs) or polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs).
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Actualización de las directrices técnicas para el manejo ambientalmente racional de desechos consistentes en bifenilos policlorados (PCB), terfenilos policlorados (PCT) o bifenilos polibromados (PBB), que los contengan o estén contaminados con ellos

Updated general technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
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Actualización de las directrices técnicas generales para el manejo ambientalmente racional de desechos consistentes en contaminantes orgánicos persistentes, que los contengan o estén contaminados con ellos (COP)

Training Manuals:
Destruction and Decontamination Technologies for PCBs and Other POPs Wastes (Part I)

Destruction and Decontamination Technologies for PCBs and Other POPs Wastes (Part II)

Preparation of a National Environmentally Sound Management Plan for PCBs and PCB-Contaminated Equipment
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Manual de capacitación para la preparación de un plan nacional de manejo ambientalmente adecuado de los bifenilos policlorados (PCB) y de equipos contaminados con PCB en el marco de la implementación del Convenio de Basilea

Guidance Manuals:
Methodological Guide for Undertaking National Inventories under the Basel Convention

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GUÍA METODOLÓGICA PARA LA REALIZACIÓN DE INVENTARIOS NACIONALES DE DESECHOS PELIGROSOS EN EL MARCO DE LA CONVENCIÓN DE BASILEA


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