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African Countries Address Methyl Bromide Phase-Out Under the Montreal Protocol

15 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme convened an African Regional meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from 13-15 April 2011. The meeting aimed to assess the status of parties' progress towards meeting the January 2015 deadline of methyl-bromide phase-out.

The meeting discussed: viable methyl-bromide alternatives for soil and post harvest; alternatives for quarantine and pre-shipment; experiences with chemical and non-chemical methyl-bromide alternative technologies; and users' fumigation challenges and consumer responses to methyl-bromide use.

Key recommendations from the meeting included the need to: examine the technology transfer strategies in Africa and establish a mechanism to monitor sustainability; strengthen collaboration, coordination and involvement of stakeholders in all the sectors to ensure complete phase-out; and use the African network regional workshops to enhance and support technology transfer programmes between countries on sustainable alternatives. [UNEP Press Release]