Training Workshops


About the Training Workshops

The overall goals of the workshops are to:

- Provide an introduction to the Internet.
- Provide basic searching skills.
- Introduce important sites and databases that contain information on chemicals and their sound management.
- Discuss how to use these resources to assist in the enhancement of national chemical information management, including national databases.
- Explore the opportunities for strengthening national and regional chemical management infrastructure through enhanced networking.
- Learn how to use ESTIS to create websites and to foster information exchange.

Elements of the Project

1. Activities:

Stakeholder workshop - to discuss strategies for meeting country information exchange needs and ways to address them

Training workshops -

1. to provide training on how to use the Internet to access scientific, legal and technical information for the best and safe management of chemicals
2. to learn how to use the ESTIS software to create a website and chemical information portal without the need for Web support expertise

The CIEN Internet Training Workshop is part of an effort to increase the capacity of developing countries in the sound management of chemicals. The proposed workshop agenda is four to five days depending on whether the participants need extra training in basic Internet skills. About 15 people who represent various stakeholders are usually identified during the stakeholder meeting.

Equipment - to provide computers to key agencies and institutions, and in some cases, a subscription to an Internet service provider

Networking: to encourage trainees to stay in touch via email, meetings and other collaboration, particularly in the implementation framework for environmental conventions such as, Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm

Training of trainers: to identify individuals with good teaching and Internet skills to continue training in their own countries

Regional Collaboration: to host regional meetings or workshops to foster connections and establish mechanisms for collaboration

2. Outputs:

Provide countries with basic information need for chemical management decision making -
1. Some countries have used CIEN to implement regional regulatory initiatives
2. Some countries have developed their own CIEN website (Togo, Mauritania, Seychelles)

Facilitate implementation of chemical-related treaties -
1. Persistent Organic Pollutant (POPs): some countries have used or are using CIEN to develop their NIP
2. Prior Informed Consent (PIC) and
3. Basel Convention: as a tool for synergies development and improvement

3. ESTIS:

The goal of ESTIS is to promote the flow of information and promote collaboration between various web sites at the national, regional, international levels.

ESTIS provides users with a simple on-line web site builder designed for non-technical people that enable them to develop their own Web sites for their issue area, and in their own language. It also allows the Web site owners to link the site that they have created to others that share the same linguistic or regional grouping, and permits searching across those sites.

The service is free to the end-user.

Users need:
- A computer with internet access to use ESTIS
- An initial investment of a staff person's time to learn how to use ESTIS Builder to develop a Web site, and
- Ongoing commitment to monitor, update and develop the contents of the Web site.

Using ESTIS, users can quickly and easily create a resource that can meet some of the obligations related to information exchange and public awareness (Stockholm Convention, Art. 9, 10, 11 and 15).

UNEP provide countries with:
- A way to set up their own web sites in their own language at no cost other than staff time
- Assistance to countries with limited financial or specialised human resources to develop Web sites where they might not be able to otherwise.