Communities of Practice (CoPs) are voluntary networks consisting of individuals with expertise and interest in a thematic area who may learn how to do better in that area by interacting regularly and exchanging their knowledge and experiences.
SAICM, in partnership with the University of Capetown established four communities of practice in 2020 under the SAICM GEF 9771 project on Emerging Policy Issues: Highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs), Chemicals in products (CiP), Lead in paint (LiP), Chemicals and the sustainable development goals (CSDG). This project has been successful in achieving its goal of creating and harnessing a platform for exchange of knowledge and information and for hosting multi-stakeholder discussions. The CoPs activities came to an end in December 2022. Nevertheless, considering the success and interest from stakeholders in having such a platform for knowledge sharing, and to contribute to the SAICM project 9771 sustainability, the SAICM Secretariat decided to continue the execution of one all-encompassing community of practice on Chemicals and Waste Management.