Parties to the UN Basel convention agreed new measures to control hazardous waste dumping and initiatives to tackle growing volumes of electronic waste at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, last week.
The eighth conference of parties was overshadowed by a toxic dumping scandal in the Ivory Coast several months ago, which has also galvanised the EU into introducing new controls (EED 29/09/06). The incident highlighted inadequate enforcement mechanisms and the lack of systems to track transboundary waste movements, said delegates.
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