05/07/2010 Reducing Production of Persistent Organic Pollutants in PERSGA Region

A regional workshop has been organized at PERSGA headquarters in Jeddah during the period 23rd – 25th Rajab 1431 H, 5th – 7th July 2010 to train trainers on the use of best available techniques and best environmental practices to reduce the emissions of UP-POPS. The workshop comes in the framework of the regional project *"Promotion of strategies to reduce unintentional production of POPs in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden coastal zone" funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by PERSGA in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Partner countries in the project are Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Yemen in
Based on Annex C of the Stockholm Convention, POPs inventories have been developed specifically for the coastal zones of the participating countries in the previous stage of the project, then priority locations for BAT/BEP implementation have been identified. The main objective of BAT/BEP implementation would be to achieve meaningful release reductions of the Annex C POPs releases as requested by Article 5 of the Stockholm Convention associated with socioeconomic benefits.
The regional training workshop has been attended by 10 experts from the participating countries. It aimed at providing an insight on the BAT/BEP options for the selected industries, the potential release routes and recipients of the UP-POPs and proposed methodology to develop specific public awareness activities for those who might be exposed to the these chemicals. The participants have got the necessary qualifications to train more specialists in their countries in the framework of implementing the regional project.
The workshop included lectures introducing BAT/BEP, public awareness and Stockholm Convention training tools, designing of environmental monitoring programs and socio-economic impact assessment and health effects associated with the management of POPs. In addition, national teams of experts who will be participating in the preparation of national strategies for the introduction of BAT and BEP have been identifies. These will work closely with the project on the assessment and reduction of UP POPs emissions in the activities previously identified in the inventories of participating countries. They will also help in identifying the necessary monitoring and socioeconomic impact assessment activities.

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