|Handbook for the Montreal Protocol on Substances
that Deplete the Ozone Layer - 7th Edition (2006)
Membership of the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee
[Source: Annex I of the report of the Sixteenth Meeting of the Parties]
- TEAP and MBTOC are urged to apply strictly the current terms of reference of TEAP approved by the Eighth Meeting of the Parties in its decision VIII/9, in particular:
- To draw up guidelines for nominating experts by the Parties to be published by the Secretariat;
- To publish and keep current a matrix showing existing and needed skills for the MBTOC members. In so doing, MBTOC may like to use all available UNEP publications, the Secretariat web page, the regional ozone officers’ network meetings and any other means considered appropriate. Parties, and in particular Parties operating under Article 5, are urged to consider nominating experts to MBTOC in those areas where missing skills and expertise have been identified by MBTOC;
- To ensure that MBTOC has about 20-35 members as set out in the terms of reference of
TEAP, while also ensuring coverage of the required expertise;
- In order to meet the overall goal of achieving a representation in the Committee of about 50 per cent for Parties operating under Article 5, where candidates from Parties operating under Article 5 and those not so operating have equivalent expertise and experience, the MBTOC co-chairs shall give preference to the appointment of those experts from Parties operating under Article 5. The MBTOC co-chairs, supported by the Ozone Secretariat, should aim to achieve a balanced membership within two years, or as soon as possible thereafter. The Parties shall monitor progress in pursuing a balanced membership by reviewing the advice provided in the work plan on the composition of MBTOC;
- Skills and expertise in the following fields, among others deemed necessary by MBTOC, should be represented:
- Chemical and non-chemical alternatives to methyl bromide;
- Alternative methods of pest control that have replaced or could replace significant uses of methyl bromide;
- Technology transfer or extension activities related to alternatives;
- Regulatory processes of registration;
- Agricultural economics;
- Weed control;
- Resistance management;
- Recapture and recycling of methyl bromide.
- MBTOC should ensure a membership with substantive practical and first-hand experience. With respect to (i), (ii), (iii) and (vi) above, preference should be given to candidates who have experience in the implementation of more than one alternative.
- With a view to supporting a timely review process and ensuring additional expertise that may be required for a particular critical-use nomination, MBTOC may seek assistance from additional experts who, at the request of MBTOC, should provide written input and assist in the review of MBTOC documents. These consulting experts can be invited by the MBTOC co-chairs, on an exceptional basis, to be heard personally at a meeting of MBTOC. For reasons of transparency and accountability, the role and type of input of these consulting experts should be clearly set out.
- Candidates should be willing to undertake an evaluation of a proportion of the nominations before arriving at the meeting in order to take advantage of all the local resources available (library, internet, reports); and to undertake any work after the meeting necessary to finalize the report.
- An annual work plan will enhance the transparency of, and insight in, the operations of MBTOC. Such a plan should indicate, among other things:
- Key events for a given year;
- Envisaged meeting dates of MBTOC, including the stage in the nomination and evaluation process to which the respective meetings relate;
- Tasks to be accomplished at each meeting, including appropriate delegation of such tasks;
- Timing of interim and final reports;
- Clear references to the timelines relating to nominations;
- Information related to financial needs, while noting that financial considerations would still be reviewed solely in the context of the review of the Secretariat’s budget;
- Changes in the composition of MBTOC, pursuant to the criteria for selection;
- Summary report of MBTOC activities over the previous year, including matters that MBTOC did not manage to complete, the reasons for this and plans to address these unfinished matters;
- Matrix with existing and needed skills and expertise; and
- Any new or revised standards or presumptions that MBTOC seeks to apply in its future assessment of critical-use nominations, for approval by the Meeting of the Parties.
- The annual work plan should be drawn up by MBTOC (supported by the Ozone Secretariat) in consultation with TEAP, which shall submit it to the Meeting of the Parties each year.