Events Newsletter november 2013 : latest updates on events

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

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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

Environmental Management Plan International Training in Georgia, 17 -20 September 2013

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Environmental Management Plan International Training under the EU and FAO partnership project “Improved pesticides and chemicals management in the Former Soviet Union”

From 17 to 20 September, FAO will hold a training on development of environmental management plans for environmentally sound management of obsolete pesticides in Tbilisi, Georgia. The training will be immediately followed by a meeting of the Programme Technical Committee (PTC) to assess progress in implementation and to start preparations for the second annual Steering Committee meeting to be held in Kiev November 11 and 12. The training and PTC meeting will be attended by representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Ukraine as well as representatives of programme partners including Milieukontakt International, Green Cross, and IHPA. The participation of representatives from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will be supported by the UNEP project “Demonstrating and Scaling-up of Sustainable Alternatives to DDT in Vector Management Global Programme”. Both projects aim to reduce the risk from obsolete pesticides on public health and the environment in the former Soviet Union.

For the full press release, please see: Press_release Georgia 040 EC

Pre-Announcement : 12th International HCH and Pesticides Forum

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12th Forum 10 years after the 7th forum in Kiev: what has been achieved in a decade in Ukraine – what is Ukraine’s role for the other EECCA countries

November 06-08, 2013, Kiev,Ukraine

The aim of 12th International HCH and Pesticide Forum is to present and discuss the problems connected with a huge amount of obsolete pesticides in the regions of Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and many others around the Globe, their inventory, present amounts and elimination, which had started successfully during the previous eleven Fora.

The forum objectives are:

  • To make status of the developments and new plans in Ukraine over the last decade, and assess is these developments can be used as example for other countries in the region and elsewhere
  • To review of past and ongoing activities in the field of obsolete pesticides problems in Central European and EECCA Countries, Africa, Asia and South America
  • What has been realized from the 11th Forum recommendations ?
  • 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 for inventory, risk assessment, environmental impact assessment of central stores, environmentally sound management, storage and destruction of obsolete pesticides and contaminated soils
  • Awareness raising of the obsolete pesticides problems globally, regionally, nationally, locally;

For more information please download the full announcement.

OSCE finances feasibility study on remediation of pesticide burial site in Armenia

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A consortium of Tauw, Witteveen+Bos, Milieukontakt and Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment (AWHHE) is selected by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to conduct a site assessment and feasibility study of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), pesticide burial site Nubarashen in Armenia.

The Nubarashen Burial site was built in the mid 1970s as a disposal site for POPs, obsolete pesticides and other chemicals. The burial site is located on the south east side of Yerevan in a valley subject to severe erosion processes. A small village comprising of summer cottages is located around four kilometres down the slope from the burial site. Other villages are located in the area at some greater distance to the burial site.

In 2010 OSCE and FAO experts, assisting the Ministry of Emergency Situations, concluded that emergency measures had to be taken as the complete cover of the burial site had been removed and there was a direct risk of the spread of pesticides waste via surface water and by air. Recently the site was capped with clay and the area was fenced. The Ministry of Emergency Situations also installed permanent site guards.

The consortium will investigate the site and carry out feasibility study to support the selection of a long term solution for the elimination of risks for the POPs pesticides waste at the burial site. Special attention will be paid to assess health risks for vulnerable groups living close Nubarashen.

Inventory training using FAO standards in Tomsk (Russia)

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Location of Tomsk oblast

The Tomsk Oblast lies in the southeastern West Siberian Plain. The city of Tomsk was founded in 1604. Most of the Oblast’s 316,900 km² territory is inaccessible because it is covered with taiga woods and swamps.

The Tomsk Oblast is rich in natural resources, particularly oil, natural gas, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, peat, forests and underground waters. Forests are among the most significant assets of the Tomsk region: about 20% of West Siberian forest resources are located there and are used for economical purposes since a long time.

In Soviet times, DDT was used in the Tomsk region for fighting the Siberian silkworm in forestry. With the end of the Soviet Union, management at many of the pesticide stores stopped. While many of the visible amounts of OP were brought to a central polygon over the last years, it is assumed that there are still larger amounts burried or not yet detected. Out of the 16 districts of the Tomsk Oblast, the most acute problems are in the Pervomaysky, Parabelsky, Teguldetsky, Kolpashevsky and Tomsky Rayons.

A training on the inventory of obsolete pesticides according to FAO standards was organised by Green Cross in Tomsk from 20-29 June 2012. The project aimed at introducing international best practices and safety standards when dealing with obsolete pesticides as promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization if the United Nations (FAO).

Course trainers were Khatuna Akhalaia (Georgia) and Katea Melnicenco (Moldova). The ten participants came from the Tomsk department of agriculture, the Tomsk department of environment, the Tomsk department of socio-economic development, the emergency services, the management of the toxic wastes polygon, a waste management company, and a NGO. The training comprised training on the inventory process, health and safety during inventory, management of inventory data with PSMS, different approaches for stores and burial sites and on-the-job inventory training. The practical training was performed on sites of two former pesticide stores – Tegulted and TB former store. Samples taken from Tegulted and Beregaevo were analysed in labs in Tomsk and Novosibirsk for soil contamination by DDT and its products of decomposition.

The results from Teguldet, a village with 4’200 inhabitants, show that soil taken from garden plots is contaminated with levels 7-100 above permissible limits. Due to the proximity to the river Chulym there is a risk of migration of the contaminants into water bodies. The samples from Beregaevo have not yet been analysed.

Though most of the participants had already been working with OP in the past, they appreciated the training as it gave them new ideas for their daily work.

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Armenia : regional agreement on elimination

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YEREVAN. – Armenian Ministry of Agriculture submitted to the Government’s approval the plan on joining the regional agreement on elimination and prevention of obsolete pesticides. The issue is included in the Thursday session agenda.

The project was initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It will provide for realizations of pesticides registration, characterization and elaboration of productive management projects.

Within the frameworks of the project, chemical-analytical study will be implemented in residents and areas adjacent to the pesticides depots, as well as monitoring will be conducted to detect and determine the degree of pollution.

Pilot remediation of obsolete pesticides sites in Vietnam

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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

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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




Announcement and invitation: Natural Cap Conference

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Green rehabilitation opportunities for hazardous waste sites “The Example of Volgermeerpolder in the Netherlands”

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To mark the end of the Volgermeerpolder remediation and to focus on future Green Rehabilitation opportunities, we invite international experts and stakeholders to take part in the 2011 Amsterdam Natural Cap conference and submit their conference papers.

The main themes of the conference are:

  • Sustainable waste management
  • Green rehabilitation
  • Wetland ecology
  • Innovative techniques in remediation projects
  • Sustainable management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

We invite you to register for the conference.
read more about the Volgermeer and the Natural Cap approach


Volgermeerpolder Conference April 2011

On April 20th and 21st Tauw and Witteveen+Bos organized a conference at the Volgermeerpolder site. In addition to several lectures, all sorts of activities took place.

The purpose of the ‘natural cap conference’ was to bring together experts and those interested in sustainable sanitation. In this way it could be visualized what has been achieved at Volgermeer.

Paul Stook, project manager for Tauw: ‘It does not occur too often that a former chemical dumpsite is turned into a beautiful and freely accessible area. The increase in value of the surrounding area alone should already make it very interesting for landfill managers, real estate agents, land developers, municipalities and district water boards.’

The conference started with a review of the Volgermeer project and the ensuing spin-off in the field of soil, landfills and peat studies.

The fact is that at Volgermeer the most extensive peat research in the world was initiated. Universities involved gave a presentation about this study and there was opportunity for a site visit.

Other activities on the programme included: demo flights by Gyrocopter, building and demonstrating a peat roof, and exploring the area on foot, by golf cart or landrover. In addition, there were stands for companies who demonstrated their technological developments.


Session 1 (Wednesday 20 April): Sustainable waste management at the Volgermeerpolder site – chair: Ruud Cino, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

  • Remediation of the Volgermeer: history, facts and figures
  • Application of the Volgermeer experience
  • Towards sustainable solutions for mine waste
  • Amsterdam Policy for large scale remediation sites
  • Landscaping of Volgermeerpolder landfill site

Session 2 (Wednesday 20 April): Green rehabilition – chair: Willem Hendriks, Witteveen+Bos

  • Peat and landfills; Unravelling the mysterious world of peat and contaminants
  • Lifting up lowlands Upgrading natural materials and methods for sustainable elevation of low lying polder areas
  • The Volgermeerpolder site – From waste dump to research area for peat development
  • Ecology of the ‘natural cap’ and its use for fen restoration

Session 3 (Thursday 21 April): Landfill management and POPs – chair: Bram de Borst, CEO Tauw Group

  • Strategic approaches to contaminated land reclamation in Poland
  • The Stockholm convention and international obsolete pesticides in African stockpile programme
  • Pragmatic approaches to tackling the problems of obsolete pesticides in the context of the African stockpile programme
  • Policy developments necessary for sustainable landfill management

Session 4 (Thursday 21 April): Case studies – chair: Dietmar Müller, Austrian Environment Agency

  • Implementing sustainable aftercare in the former landfill Ilperveld,Landsmeer, The Netherlands
  • Natural catch – Green rehabilitation of the Rhoonse Grienden and Philippine landfill sites
  • Management of the Georgswerder landfill Hamburg
  • Polder in polder
  • Poster Natural Cap Conference

All reports and presentations can be downloaded from


Central Asian Technical Study on Obsolete Pesticides

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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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