It was with great pleasure that the Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM), located in San Salvador, received the news of its selection as a recipient of the Sustainable Communities Program of the Organization of American States (OAS). This selection will confer the financial resources necessary to support the Central American Commission on Environment Development (CCAD) project to formulate a Regional Electronic Waste Strategy during 2013. The program, which supports community efforts in Central America and the Caribbean Island States will be supporting 14 projects in 9 countries and will also receive funding from the government of the United States of America.
If WEEE is recovered in an environmentally responsible manner, it can help to promote sustainable development, boost economic activity by creating a new sector of the "green economy" where the positive effect on the sound health and environmental practices is complemented by reducing the need to extract more non-renewable mined resources and may even permit their use as raw materials for new products.
The BCRC-CAM receives financial support from the government of El Salvador for its core operations and facilitates cooperation at national, regional and international levels to promote training programs and technology transfer for the environmentally sound management of materials, substances and wastes in Central America and Mexico by working closely with governments, the private sector, NGOs and academia. BCRC-CAM is located in the Executive Secretariat of the CCAD, within the General Secretariat SICA.
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