Indonesia to Host Conference on B3

Bogor, June 23, 2008

International conference on management of hazardous wastes and toxic (B3) the level of the World, or the Basel Convention on the 9th will be held in Nusa Dua, Bali on 23 to 27 June 2008. The event, entitled "Waste Management for Human Health and the Environment" this will be followed by more than 1000 people from 170 countries, including 30 ministers or ministerial-level officials.

There are five main issues that will be discussed at the conference. First, the technical problems the ship demolition waste, electronic waste, and Reuse, Recycle, and Recovery (3R). Second, legal issues regarding the import ban limbah.Ketiga, increased institutional cooperation with other chemical conventions. Fourth, regional cooperation, strengthening the position of the Basel Convention. Fifth, on the world forum on waste management related to human health.

Geographical situation of Indonesia, which is a strategic location and shape of an archipelago, made Indonesia vulnerable to smuggling and illegal waste shipments B3. Convention governing the cross-border transfer of hazardous and toxic waste (B3) is expected to establish an agreement in the form of a declaration or commitment among nations to pay more attention to the problem of waste management and environmental health.

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (known as the Basel Convention) was agreed in Basel, Switzerland in March 1989 and officially came into force in 1992. Indonesia has ratified the convention in 1993 through Presidential Decree No. 61 Convention in 1993. Later it was developed with the establishment of the Basel protocol on liability and compensation for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (Basel protocol), a protocol for the implementation of the provisions of the Basel Convention, especially on legal liability and compensation for damage resulting from the transboundary movement and disposal of B3 waste.