The UNIDO-GEF project, “Strengthening of National Initiatives and Enhancement of Regional Cooperation for the Environmentally Sound Management of POPs in Waste of Electronic or Electrical Equipment (WEEE)” assists 13 Latin American countries both technically and financially, advising on e-waste policies and regulations, suitable management technologies, business models, capacity-building and awareness-raising.
At the national level, the project seeks to strengthen policies and train technical staff and government officials. At the regional level, the project seeks to harmonize key aspects of e-waste policies and strengthen regional cooperation and knowledge exchange. Through this project, recycling services and high-quality recyclable materials will be provided, generating significant numbers of direct decent jobs and work opportunities. At the same time, a circular economy approach will help protect the environment from hazardous wastes, chemicals and emissions, recover raw materials and provide affordable refurbished products.