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Special Report: Emerging E-Waste Initiatives in Africa

Published January 23, 2012

January 10, 2012

Africa is emerging as a focal point for new initiatives on the management of used and end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment. In 2011, Nigeria became the first country in the region to enact a sweeping legal scheme governing the import of used equipment and the establishment of extended producer responsibility programs for the management of end-of-life equipment. Several capacity building initiatives under the auspices of the Basel Convention are underway, and governments in the U.S. and in Europe are taking actions to better enforce restrictions on exports of certain e-wastes to the region. A major Pan-African E-Waste Forum with the participation of regional governments, industry and NGOs is also planned for March 2012 in Nairobi, and will likely give further momentum to national and regional efforts to improve the management of e-waste. Although EIATRACK does not yet cover jurisdictions in Africa, this report highlights some of the emerging activities in the region concerning the management of e-waste.

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