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

Written by Wouter Pronk. Posted in Tajikistan, Uncategorized


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.

HCH and Pesticides Forum on obsolete pesticides in Spain, 3-6 November 2015

Written by sandra. Posted in Countries, Uncategorized


The biannual HCH and Pesticides Forum will be organised in Spain from 3-6 November 2015. The main objectives of this Forum are:

  • to review past and ongoing activities in the field of obsolete pesticides problems in Spain, Central European and EECCA (Easte European, Caucasus and Central Asia) Countries, Africa, Asia and South America;
  • to review recommendations from the 12th Forum (in Kiev, Ukraine) for concrete actions in the EECCA region and assess results;
  • to discuss the national and regional strategies, action plans and financial resources for elimination of the obsolete pesticides – from discussion to action;
  • to review and exchange technologies and experiences on inventory, risk assessment, environmental impact assessment of central stores, environmentally sound management, storage and destruction of obsolete pesticides and contaminated soils;
  • to discuss and review awareness raising activities on the obsolete pesticides problems (globally, regionally, nationally and locally);
  • to show successful regional and national initiatives, engagement of NGOs and academic institutions.

Please find the 1st announcement of the forum here:


And see the following introduction to the Forum:

Sampling of unknown stocks of obsolete pesticides in Tajikistan

Written by sandra. Posted in Tajikistan, Uncategorized

A national inventory of obsolete pesticide stocks in Tajikistan, recently carried out by FAO Turkey, demonstrated that there are a lot of mixed-unknown stocks in the country. In order to prepare well for repackaging and subsequent destruction of the obsolete pesticides it is necessary to identify the different substances.


In the frame of the GEF UNEP DDT project Demonstrating and Scaling Up Sustainable Alternatives to DDT for the Control of Vector Borne Diseases in Southern Caucasus and Central Asia, Milieukontakt went to Tajikistan in December to sample two sites where repackaging of 60 tonnes of DDT and associated waste is planned to take place this spring. The samples are currently being analyzed at RIKILT laboratory at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Together with the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, Milieukontakt and project partners are preparing the construction of an Intermediate Central Storage to store the repacked pesticides. Ultimate destruction of the stocks will have to be carried out by future projects.

Newsletter EC FAO project on (obsolete) pesticides in the Former Soviet Union

Written by sandra. Posted in Uncategorized

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is implementing the large scale project “Improved pesticides and chemicals management in the former Soviet Union” funded by FAO and the EC. Project NGO partners are Green Cross, IHPA, Milieukontakt and the Pesticides Action Network U.K. For the latest newsletter of the project – which includes information on the tendering of waste management services in five FSU countries and Monitoring and Evaluation of the project – please see:

News letter September ENG

And in Russian:

News Letter September RUS

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.

Pilot remediation of obsolete pesticides sites in Vietnam

Written by admin. Posted in Uncategorized

POPs remediation in Vietnam

POPs remediation in Vietnam

As many other developing countries, Vietnam is facing legacy problems with obsolete and POPs pesticides. In the case of Vietnam many of the former storages are emptied in a clean-up campaign and send for destruction to a modern cement kiln. But people have buried the stocks as well in the past because they did not know what to do with them. As a result the pesticides are mixed with soil and it is more difficult to collect and destruct them.

POPs remediation Vietnam

The Dutch Environmental Consultant Tauw implements a UNDP project to write a handbook with guidelines for Obsolete and POPs pesticides remediation based on the practical example of 10 pilot remediation sites.

For this assignment Tauw established in 2011 a consortium of the International HCH and Pesticides Association (IHPA), Milieukontakt International and the independent legal expert Helle Husum. The drafting of the handbook is well underway and pilot remediation has taken place on the first location: under the management of Berto Collet from Tauw a bunker with 25 tonnes of Lindane and DDT was emptied.

Boudewijn Fokke from Tauw is drafting the handbook and uses the extensive experience of John Vijgen from IHPA to review the result. Thus far the handbook contains 7 environmental management plans for the pilot remediation sites. Helle Husum writes a gap analysis of the obsolete and POPs pesticides legislation in Vietnam and Wouter Pronk of Milieukontakt writes guidelines for stakeholder involvement at local level. This in order to make sure that the local people that live close to the sites are well informed before a remediation starts, know how to minimize health risks and avoid mistakes, accidents and protests around the project.

Invitation : 11th International HCH and Pesticide Forum

Written by admin. Posted in Azerbajan, Moldova, Uncategorized

07–09 September, 2011, Gabala, Republic of Azerbaijan

Status of obsolete stockpiles of pesticides in EECCA Countries: sharing experience of EU countries

The aim of 11th International HCH and Pesticide Forum is to present and discuss the problems connected with a huge amount of obsolete pesticides in the regions of Southern Caucasus and Central Asia region, Central European and EECCA Countries and many others around the Globe, their inventories, present amounts and elimination, which had started successfully during the previous 9th and continued during the 10th Fora.

This Forum is undertaken under the framework of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and other international agreements and directives.

Conference information.pdf

Update : The Gabala Declaration (27-09-2011) is available on the HCH forum




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