World Bank, GEF Project to Fund PCB Removal and Phase Out in Nigeria

World Bank30 August 2011: The World Bank has approved a US$6.3 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to support Nigeria in its efforts to manage and phase out Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs).

The phasing out of PCBs is required under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), thus the project will aim to strengthen the Government's capacity to manage, monitor, and control POPs and, ultimately, phase out the use of PCBs. The project includes a comprehensive review of current hazardous waste management regulations, and the development and incorporation of a new regulatory framework that will specifically address POPs in general, and PCBs in particular. It will also develop a baseline national inventory of PCBs and PCB-containing equipment and a national PCB management plan. [World Bank Press Release]