June 2019: The French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) has launched a call for project proposals on the “environmentally sound management of chemicals and hazardous waste” in developing countries. Proposed projects must address one or more of the following agreements: the Basel, Bamako, Rotterdam, Stockholm or Minamata Conventions, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) or the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

The call is open from 24 June to 4 October 2019.

The call targets projects addressing the use of chemicals and related pollution (including pesticides, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), heavy metals, and short-lived climate pollutants) and/or the prevention and management of hazardous waste and plastics. The call comes within the 2019-2022 strategy of the FFEM and is related to the priory thematic on “product life cycle, pollution, and waste.” Through this call, the FFEM seeks to identify new potentials for innovation to promote the protection of the environment and sustainable development.

The call also targets projects that address emerging issues: chemicals in products; hazardous substance within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products; nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials; endocrine-disrupting chemicals; environmentally persistent pharmaceutical pollutants; and perfluorinated chemicals and the transition to safer alternatives.

Eligibility criteria include: contribution to local sustainable development in one or more developing countries; innovative features; a demonstrative and replicable nature; post-project economic and financial sustainability; ecological and environmental viability; social and cultural acceptability; and an appropriate institutional framework. [Call for Proposals]