In the framework of implementation of the Regional Project “Strategic Reduction of Un-intentionally Produced Persistent Organic Pollutants” that PERSGA is implementing in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO, an international expert has been invited to provide training on dioxin and furan analysis to specialists at Ben Hayyan Aqaba International Laboratories that belong to the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority “ASEZA”. The training extended for two weeks from Sunday May 27th to Thursday June 7th 2012.
The training added a building block in the continuing collaboration between PERSGA and the Environment Commission at ASEZA and in enhancing monitoring capabilities in preparation for putting environmental regulations identifying threshold levels of dioxin and furan concentrations in effect; and in harmony with the national strategy in Jordan and with the Stockholm Convention that has been ratified by the country
Persistent Organic Pollutants are highly toxic halogenated compounds. They dissolve strongly in fatty material and thus accumulate easily in bodies of living organisms. Their concentration increases with time and through the food chain. Most of these chemicals are volatile and resist photo, chemical or biochemical degradation, which makes them capable of traveling long distances from the source in different natural media such as air, water and migrating species. The high toxicity of these compounds poses strong threats to living organisms.
With this training Ben Hayyan Aqaba International Laboratories becomes the first laboratory in Jordan capable of conducting such analysis and the second in the region after the Central Laboratories the Ministry of Agriculture, Egypt for Analysis of Pesticides Remains and Heavy Metals in Food and Agricultural Products. Worth mentioning is that PERSGA had organized a training workshop with the Laboratories in Egypt on samples collection for dioxin and furan analysis in different environmental media in March 2010.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden