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Obsolete pesticides repackaging campaign at Tajik hot-spot

Written by Wouter Pronk. Posted in Tajikistan

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A pilot repackaging campaign for obsolete stocks of DDT and associated waste started at Anorzor, in Khatlon Oblast, Southern Tajikistan. The repackaging campaign is organized in the frame of the project Demonstrating and scaling up sustainable alternatives to DDT for the control of vector borne diseases in Southern Caucasus and Central Asia (DDT Project).

Together with the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, UNEP project partners Milieukontakt International   and Green Cross Switzerland selected Anorzor as a priority site for this repackaging campaign. Repackaging works are carried out by the Governmental Committee for Emergencies and supervised by Veolia International Field Services from Cardiff in the UK in cooperation with its Greek partner Antipollution SA.

At Anorzor much more pesticides were buried than originally estimated by project partners. Some 80 tonnes are transported to the new central storage facility at Vakhsh burial site, awaiting final destruction in the frame of follow-on projects.

Milieukontakt and Green Cross Switzerland are implementing the DDT Project in the region for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Women are a priority in Tajik awareness raising on risks of obsolete pesticides

Written by Wouter Pronk. Posted in Tajikistan, Uncategorized

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An awareness raising campaign started in Kumsangir rayon, Southern Tajikistan to warn the local population about the environmental and health risks of obsolete pesticides.

A pilot repackaging campaign for obsolete stocks of DDT and associated waste is being prepared for the old pesticides storage facility Anorzor in Kumsangir. The site is prioritized as a hot-spot location in the frame of the project Demonstrating and scaling up sustainable alternatives to DDT for the control of vector borne diseases in Southern Caucasus and Central Asia (DDT Project).

Awareness raising activities are carried out by the Kumsangir Arhus center NGO “Mochi munir” in cooperation with Milieukontakt. Due to poverty and a lack of awareness of the health risks from obsolete pesticides, local people in Tajikistan have been using DDT from different storage facilities and burial sites in the country.

UNEP DDT project builds obsolete pesticides intermediate storage in Tajikistan

Written by Wouter Pronk. Posted in Tajikistan

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An intermediate collection centre (ICC) for obsolete pesticides is ready for use at Vakhsh Burial Site in Khatlon Oblast, Southern Tajikistan. The storage centre is built in the frame of the project Demonstrating and scaling up sustainable alternatives to DDT for the control of vector borne diseases in Southern Caucasus and Central Asia (DDT Project). Vakhsh Burial site is one of the most problematic obsolete pesticides hot-spots in Central Asia that reportedly contains 4000 tonnes of obsolete pesticides including large volumes of DDT.

For many years the site was abandoned and unguarded. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tajik authorities were not able to maintain Vakhsh well and illegal waste extraction became a daily practice. Even today DDT is openly available at local markets. The chemicals are used as an affordable alternative to the expensive modern plant protection products, but also because ‘nothing works better.’ All this time cattle had free access to the burial site and free access to the heavily polluted standing water in excavation pits.

Obsolete pesticides repackaging training Tajikistan

Written by Wouter Pronk. Posted in Tajikistan

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Intensive training of a Tajik Governmental Committee for Emergencies team in the repackaging of obsolete pesticides has started on Friday 12 June in Khatlon Oblast, Southern Tajikistan. The training is provided in the frame of the project Demonstrating and Scaling Up Sustainable Alternatives to DDT for the control of vector borne diseases in Southern Caucasus and Central Asia. Milieukontakt and Green Cross Switzerland are the implementing this project in the region for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Repackaging of 65 tonnes prioritized DDT will be carried out later this month under supervision of Veolia International Field Services from Cardiff in the UK.

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