October 24, 2012
The Caspian Center for Energy and Environment of ADA hosted a workshop titled “Raising environmental awareness on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in Azerbaijan.” The event was organised by UNEP-ECORES NatCom (Azerbaijan) and the International HCH and Pesticides Association (Netherlands) with financial assistance of OSCE Baku office. Mr Emmanuel Huntzinger, Head of Economic and Environmental Unit of OSCE Office in Baku opened the workshop with introductory talk followed by the presentation of Dr Gulchohra Aliyeva, Research Fellow at ADA Caspian Center for Energy and Environment, about recent POPs awareness-raising activities of UNEP-Ecores NatCom and the Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan within FAO/GEF project “Capacity building on obsolete pesticides and POPs in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) countries”. The event covered presentations of Dr Tomas Ocelka and Dr Romana Kurkova from the Public Health Institute of Ostrava (Czech Republic) on key aspects of analytical laboratory development, POPs destruction technologies, and remediation of POPs polluted soils. Dr Perihan Kurt Karakus from Bahçeşehir University provided presentation about the National Implementation Plan (NIP) of Turkey to the Stockholm Convention on POPs. The online presentation by Dr Roland Weber from POPs Environmental Consulting (Germany) focused on new POPs listed in the Stockholm Convention and implications related with their monitoring. Mr Dmitro Skrylnikov, the international expert from Ukraine, discussed the legal and regulatory aspects of the National Implementation Plan of Azerbaijan to the Stockholm Convention.
The audience of the event were the representatives of various ministries in Azerbaijan, group of experts of the NIP of Azerbaijan to the Stockholm Convention, environmental non-government organisations, researchers, students, and press. The main objective of the workshop was to promote the development of the research capacity on POPs in Azerbaijan, exchange of knowledge, and social environmental responsibility.
Note: The Republic of Azerbaijan joined the Stockholm Convention in 2004. In September 2011, Azerbaijan hosted the 11th International HCH and Pesticides Forum (www.ihpa.info) with participation of around 150 experts from 40 countries.