08/12/2014 Implementation of Stockholm Convention for POPs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In collaboration with the Presidency of Metrology and Environment, of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia “PME”, the Regional Organization for Conservation of Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden “PERSGA” organized a National Training workshop on Implementation of Stockholm Convention for Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The main objective of the workshop was to prepare for developing the National Implementation Plan “NIP” in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  for Stockholm Convention concerning Persistent Organic Pollutants; the main objective of the convention in turn is to protect the environment and human health; and to  on eliminate to the lowest levels possible the risk  associated with the intentional or unintentional production of Persistent Organic Pollutants “POPs” .          

The workshop was carried out Under the patronage of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment for two days on December 8th -9th 2014 in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Speakers from PME and PERSGA stressed in the opening stressed the close relevance of the workshop’s topic to our life as POPs may affect human health in addition to having adverse economic and social impacts. Participants who totaled about 30 specialists from different governmental agencies, mostly members of the Saudi Arabia Chemical Safety Committee, expressed strong intention to play their role in collaborating with PME to prepare the National Implementation Plan and move forward for implementation of the Plan. The role of PERSEGA and ROPME in implementation was emphasized due to the persistence nature of these pollutants and their ability to move in different media and cross borders, reaching from land to the coastal and marine environment.  

The workshop was delivered in Arabic and was facilitated by Dr. Mohammed Khashashneh, Director of Chemicals and Dangerous Waste Management at the Ministry of Environment, Jordan; and Dr. Mohammad Badran from PERSGA and Mr.  Soleiman el Zibn from PME. The program covered various subjects relevant to Stockholm Convention, introduction to the Convention and the Saudi Arabia status in the convention in particular the approach for developing the NIP. Forming the necessary National Task Forces for the different topics of the NIP and the Terms of References for each team was discussed. This included identification of the budget and time frame needed. The workshop also discussed the approach of Best Available Technology Best Environmental Practices “BAT BEP” in cutting POPs emissions and the importance of considering this principle in the Saudi Arabia National Implementation Plan “NIP” 

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden