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).

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