This website is a joint effort of organizations working on elimination of risks from obsolete pesticides around the world and most specifically in the Eastern European, Caucasus and Central Asian (EECCA) region.
The website was set up originally within the framework of the EECCA project.
Now the website is aimed at providing a platform for all projects on obsolete pesticides and POPs issues, focusing on the EECCA region. On the site you can find links to the organizations involved in these projects, such as FAO, Green Cross, IHPA, Milieukontakt, UNEP, WHO, engineering companies Tauw and Witteveen & Bos, and national NGOs. Furthermore, you can find information on the situation of obsolete pesticides in EECCA countries, you can find a series of publications in English and Russian under “library” and information on the projects running in EECCA countries.
For more information about this site you can contact:
Sandra Molenkamp: firstname.lastname@example.org (English, Russian)
Stephan Robinson: email@example.com (English, Russian)
The elimination or safeguarding of obsolete pesticides is a complex task that involves activities and steps that range from awareness raising, legislation, inventory, risk management, repackaging, transportation and disposal to pesticide management, quality control, IPM and registration.
Success can only be achieved is this is done by an interdisciplinary team of professionals from various organisations, each with its own expertise.
To read more about the collaborating organisations click one of the tabs.
(Organisations are listed in alphabetic order)
Association Eco-Contact is the successor of Milieukontakt International in Moldova and continues working as a close partner of Milieukontakt International Amsterdam. EcoContact which was registered in August 2010 but has a long history of activities since 2001, when Milieukontakt International started projects on environmental and civil society issues in Moldova.
Our mission is to promote sustainable development in Moldova in the social, economic and environmental fields. Besides that, we will contribute to the development of Moldova’s cooperation with other countries, particularly in areas related to environmental protection.
Website : http://aarhus.vox.md/index.php/en/
Ekois has been founded in 2007 within the framework of the project “Revival of the Kyrgyz Environmental Movement”. It is active as the main Kyrgyz environmental news service.
The activities deployed range from extending access to environmental information to public participation and capacity building of environmental NGOs, State actors, private sector institutions and international organizations.
Website : http://ekois.net
FAO’s Programme on the Prevention and Disposal of Obsolete Pesticides is working to inform the world about the dangers of obsolete pesticide stocks. It collaborates with developing countries to prevent more obsolete pesticides from accumulating and assists them dispose of their existing stockpiles.
Green Cross Switzerland facilitates overcoming consequential damages caused by industrial and military disasters and the clean-up of contaminated sites from the period of the Cold War.
Central issues are the improvement of the living quality of people affected by chemical, radioactive and other types of contamination, as well as the promotion of a sustainable development in the spirit of cooperation instead of confrontation. This includes the involvement of all stakeholder groups affected by a problem.
Website : http://www.greencross.ch
The IHPA supports the work towards sustainable solutions in production and application of pesticides.
The IHPA promotes international co-operation of all parties, involved in the field of pesticides such as international organisations, public authorities, crop protection organisations, producers, NGO’s, contractors, consultants an those who are concerned. Pursuing the objectives, the IHPA organises the International HCH & Pesticides Forum and publishes the Forum proceedings and thereby makes information available.
Website : http://ihpa.info
Milieukontakt international is an organization of committed professionals with a huge network of individuals, organizations and institutions working for a better environment throughout the world. Our strategy can be defined in three phrases: building capacities, involving citizens and solving environmental problems. We provide training, coaching, support and advise for organization working for sustainability.
We stimulate and support the involvement and empowerment of citizens and develop processes of participative strategy development and decision making. And finally, we connect these activities to solutions for environmental problems.
Website : http://milieukontakt.net
UNEP’s Chemicals Branch has activities in the field of pesticides, and also maintains the thematic DDT Information System and Termiticide Information System.
Many of the Branch’s activities are carried out in cooperation with other IGOs, NGOs, MEA Secretariats and national governments.
The Global DSSA Programme, an initiative undertaken jointly by UNEP and WHO, aims at the protection of human health and the environment through the reduction of emission of DDT into the global environment by means of decreasing the use of DDT through introduction, demonstration and scaling-up of sustainable alternatives to DDT in disease vector management, for example for malaria.
UNEP, in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), hosts the Secretariat to the Rotterdam Convention. The Rotterdam Convention objectives are: to promote shared responsibility and cooperative efforts among Parties in the international trade of certain hazardous chemicals in order to protect human health and the environment from potential harm; and to contribute to the environmentally sound use of those hazardous chemicals, by facilitating information exchange about their characteristics, by providing for a national decision-making process on their import and export, and by disseminating these decisions to Parties.
Tauw advises governmental organisations and larger industrial clients in various parts of the world aiming to solve the problems related to obsolete pesticides. Tauw has been involved in executing inventories Lithuania and Cape Verde, South America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Tauw is working together with international partners; with initiatives from the multinational industry, international public (donor-and technical support) organisations and international NGOs. In cooperating we bring in our core expertise on soil and water contamination, process management for specific obsolete pesticide projects, environmental management, sample taking and laboratory analysis.
The WHO Regional Office for Europe serves 53 countries, covering a vast geographical region from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans.
WHO/Europe collaborates with a range of public health stakeholders in the Region and globally, to ensure that coordinated action is taken to develop and implement efficient health policies and to strengthen health systems.
Website : http://www.euro.who.int/en/
Witteveen + Bos
Witteveen+Bos operates nationally and internationally in the field of waste. In the Netherlands we work on developing environmental stations, waste collection projects, recycling companies, business processes and logistics.
Internationally, we work mainly in Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and Indonesia. Our work in these territories includes examining municipal waste collection services, introducing improvements and carrying out pilot projects for waste processing equipment. We are also involved in other countries on the improvement of landfills. In Eastern Europe (Czech Republic and Romania) this work principally consists of supporting governments in complying with European Directives (like the EU directives covering packaging and white and brown goods).
Website : http://www.witteveenbos.nl/
The World Bank
Persistent organic pollutants, known as POPs, are toxic substances released into the environment through a variety of human activities. They have adverse effects on the health of ecosystems, wildlife, and people.
The World Bank is engaged in ongoing work on POPs aiming to assist our client countries to protect human health and the environment from POPs throughout the globe.
Website : http://go.worldbank.org/EXM1HL14T0