Inter-American Development to launch efforts to manage chemicals and hazardous waste in the Caribbean
IDB Lab, the innovation lab of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is spearheading an initiative to find innovative solutions that contribute to the sustainable management of chemicals and hazardous waste in 12 Caribbean countries .
He said the “BlueTech for Waste Challenge” is being undertaken in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through its Global ISLANDS program, to protect human health and the environment and address the climatic vulnerabilities of the region.
IDB Lab said the initiative is aimed at startups with ready-to-implement models, small and medium enterprises, non-governmental organizations, corporations and other private sector organizations that provide innovative solutions for address the challenge posed by lubricant waste. , tires, electrical and electronic appliances, used and end-of-life vehicles, as well as industrial, organic and municipal, medical, pesticide and plastic waste that may contain hazardous substances.
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“These solutions must be scalable, sustainable and promote economic and social inclusion of poor and vulnerable populations,” said IDB Lab.
He said the initiatives from which the projects will be implemented can come from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
He said organizations from any of the other 48 IDB member countries can also participate if they do so jointly with an organization registered and located in one of the twelve countries listed.
“Selected proposals will be eligible to receive funding for the implementation of their projects, which will be provided by the IDB/IDB Lab and the GEF – with the exception of Haiti and Jamaica, which will receive support from the ‘IDB/IDB Lab.
“In addition, the selected organizations will be included in the IDB Lab network of global innovators for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, best practices and the creation of contacts during events organized by the IDB Group and its partners. “