Repackaging of DDT in Kyrgyzstan

Written by sandra. Posted in Kyrgyzstan

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In November 2015, old stocks of DDT were repacked at At-Bashy anti-plague station in Kyrgyzstan. These activities were implemented as a joint effort within the GEF funded UNEP project Demonstrating and Scaling Up Sustainable Alternatives to DDT for the Control of Vector Borne Diseases in Southern Caucasus (Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan) (DDT-project) and the EC FAO partnership project Improving capacities to eliminate and prevent recurrence of obsolete pesticides as a model for tackling unused hazardous chemicals in the former Soviet Union. The U.K. based company Veolia Field Services repacked more than 13 tonnes of DDT at anti plague station At-Bashy in Kyrgyzstan. The DDT was buried in bags and was excavated by Veolia using a local repackaging team from the Ministry of Health.

The safeguarding activities at At-Bashy had been planned as follow-up to previous emergency repackaging of more than 17 tonnes of DDT. Upon request by the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health, the DDT-project undertook emergency safeguarding at the At-Bashy anti-plague station in Kyrgyzstan in December 2013. At this site the store roof was in bad condition and it was feared that during winter the roof might collapse, thus destroying the DDT bags and mix the chemical with the rubble from the destroyed building. In total, 17 tonnes of bags with 10 % powdered DDT was repacked and stored in a shipping container at the site. The 13 tonnes excavated in November 2015 were placed in a shipping container as well.

Besides finalising repackaging at At-Bashy, Veolia also started safeguarding obsolete pesticides stocks at a high risk site at Balakchy (near Issyk-Kul lake). Before the start of repackaging, Veolia trained a repackaging team consisting of staff from the Ministry of Agriculture, Environmental Agency and Ministry of Health. Project partners Green Cross Switzerland and Milieukontakt International additionally organised a training on Monitoring and Supervision of Safeguarding for the same ministries and agencies as well as for staff from the Kyrgyz Environmental Inspection.

It is expected that the remaining stocks of obsolete pesticides at Balakchy will be repacked in January and February 2016. The stocks at Balakchy will also be stored in shipping containers, until a central storage for obsolete pesticides will be built the country or options for local disposal or disposal abroad in licensed facilities will become available.

Milieukontakt and obsolete pesticides

Written by sandra. Posted in Kyrgyzstan, Uncategorized

Covering of Kyrgyz dumpsite with obsolete pesticides


In the Dutch national newspaper “De Volkskrant” an interesting interview with Milieukontakt’s chairman Bram de Borst was published. He tells among other things about a succesful project implemented in Kyrgyzstan in the last year, whereby Milieukontakt organised for the covering, fencing and guarding of an obsolete pesticides’ dumpsite that posed a great risk to human health and the environment. To read the article in ‘De Volkskrant” (in Dutch), click on the link below.

Article Milieukontakt and obsolete pesticides

International coalition sets out to lower the risks from Kyrgyz pesticides burial site

Written by sandra. Posted in Kyrgyzstan, Uncategorized

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Stocks of obsolete pesticides pose a threat to public health and the environmental in Kyrgyzstan. Exposure to the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), that many of these stocks contain, can lead to serious health effects including  cancer, birth defects, dysfunctional immune and reproductive systems and diminished intelligence. Unusable stocks piled up in Soviet-time Kyrgyzstan due to over- ambitious planning and mismanagement of pesticides.

Burial site in South Kyrgyzstan – a hotspot that needs direct intervention

As a signatory to the Stockholm Convention, Kyrgyzstan aims to eliminate the obsolete stocks and reduce the release of POPs into the environment. Large international projects will be needed to organise and finance the final disposal of the stocks and it will take time to find enough support to develop and really implement these projects. Today, however,  the health and environmental risks remain urgent and somthing needs to be done.

The burial site in Jalal Abad province for instance is one of the Kyrgyz hot-spots that need direct intervention.  The fencing material that once isolated the site from its surrounding has been taken away by locals and illegal “waste miners” come to the burial site and dig out the pesticides, in order to sell these on the local market as Dust (DDT). They spill the pesticides and pollution of the soil has been observed as a consequence of these activities.

After the consumption of poisoned meat 98 people fell ill and 35 were hospitalised

Another problem is local herds of sheep and cattle passing by the site.  Two years ago 98 people fell ill and 35 were hospitalised after the consumption of the meat of poisoned cows that reportedly drank standing water from pits on the site. This year a herd of 130 sheep died after drinking from the same pits.

An international coalition of NGOs and the Dutch Engineering Company Tauw received funding to lower the short term risks of the Jalal Abad burial site with cost effective and low tech measures to protect the environment and groups at risk from villages close to the site.  Milieukontakt International , Tauw, Green Cross Switzerland, together with the Kyrgyz NGOs Ekois and Green Light joined forces for risk reducing remediation of the site. Awareness raising activities and a social medical intervention to support the village of the people who were poisoned will play an important role. The initiative is financed by the GEF Small Grants Programme for Kyrgyzstan, Green Cross Switzerland, OSCE and the Milieukontakt Private Donations Fund.

New fence to avoid further accidents

During a first mission in July it turned out that there is strong commitment to solve the health and environmental problems from the burial site in Jalal Abad Oblast.  A Memorandum of Understanding, designed as a Go / No Go decision making instrument to measure the commitment of local government, was signed by all relevant stakeholders even before the mission. Moreover, the first steps of technical implementation were already taken. Recently a new fence was build around the site (see the picture above.) These early results give a good perspective for further project implementation and high hopes that the project results will be reached in efficient cooperation with local government and NGOs.

Events Newsletter november 2013 : latest updates on events

Written by admin. Posted in Albania, Armenia, Azerbajan, Countries, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Project partners come together in Kiev for the second Steering Committee Meeting of the Project

Events newsletter
On 11 and 12 November 2013 the second Steering Committee Meeting of the project Improved pesticides and chemicals management in the former Soviet Union was organised in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. This EC/FAO partnership project is implemented in cooperation with Blacksmith Institute, Green Cross Belarus, Green Cross Switzerland, the International HCH and Pesticides Association (IHPA), and Milieukontakt International.

11 и 12 ноября 2013 года в столице Украины- Киеве состоялось второе Совещание Руководящего Комитета по Улучшенному управлению пестицидами и химическими веществами в странах бывшего Советского Союза. Этот партнерский проект EC/FAO был выполнен при участии Института Блэксмита, Белорусского Зеленого Креста, Швейцарского Зеленого Креста, Международной ассоциации по ГХГ и пестицидам (IHPA) и Милёуконтакта Интернэшнл.

International HCH and Pesticides Forum on elimination of Obsolete Pesticides

The 12th International HCH and Pesticides Forum met in Kiev from 6-8 November 2013. The Forum took note of the overall slow progress of elimination of Obsolete Pesticides, their negative impact on countries socio-economic performance, the severe adverse effects on health and quality of life, as well as its far-reaching consequences to neighbours with shared water resources.

6-8 ноября 2013 года в Киеве состоялся ХII Форум Международной ассоциации по ГХГ и пестицидам (IHPA). На Форуме обсуждался прогресс, достигнутый в уничтожении устаревших пестицидов, их отрицательное влияние на социально-экономическую жизнь страны и неблагоприятное воздействие на здоровье и качество жизни населения, а также далеко идущие последствия для соседних стран с общими водными ресурсами.

Regional Workshop on Pesticide lifecycle assessment

Representatives from ten Eastern European, Caucasus and Central Asian countries (EECCA) met at the Medved Institute in Kiev, Ukraine, for an FAO facilitated workshop to develop action
plans based on results of regional studies completed in 2013.

Представители из 10 стран Восточной Европы, Кавказа и Центральной Азии (ВЕКЦА) участвовали в семинаре, проводимом ФАО в Институте экогигиены и токсикологии им. Л.И.Медведя в Киеве, Украина, по разработке плана будущих действий на основании региональных исследований, завершенных в 2013 году.

Please download the full newsletter :
English version : EU-FAO PROJECT Newsletter 040EC NOV 13

Russian version : EU-FAO Newsletter GCPRER040EC_RUS

Central Asian Technical Study on Obsolete Pesticides

Written by admin. Posted in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Tauw Consortium Publishes Interim Reports of Central Asian Technical Study on Obsolete Pesticides

Tauw, Witteveen and Bos, the International HCH and Pesticides Association, Milieukontakt and Green Cross – Switzerland publish the interim reports of the Obsolete Pesticides Technical Study in the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The project is financed by the Canada Persistent Organic Pollutants Fund, through the World Bank. Local representatives from Milieukontakt in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and from Green Cross in Uzbekistan coordinate the project from Bishkek, Dushanbe and Tashkent.

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