This training activity is carried out under the project entitled “Promotion of strategies to reduce unintentional production of POPs in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden implemented in collaboration between PERSGA and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO. PERSGA countries are giving considerable attention to reduction or elimination of POPs in their national priorities, both those who have signed the Stockholm Convention and who have not yet. Particular attention here is given to taking appropriate actions towards the reduction of the releases of unintentionally produced persistent organic pollutants (UP-POPs; Annex C POPs). Due to the trans-boundary movement of POPs and the special nature of the coastal zone of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, it is of importance to take preventive measures to reduce the negative impact of industrial activities and human settlements on the environment of the coastal zone. These preventive measures can be more effective if they are undertaken in a coordinated manner at the regional level. It can be further improved if the regular collection and interpretation of environment related scientific data are also undertaken at the regional level, together with the development of harmonized legislation and interventions. National Annex C POPs inventories need to be updated and refined for the coastal zones in PERSGA region. The intention is to have solid baseline data for selected demonstration locations for BAT/BEP implementation. A training program aiming at creating capacity at the national level for taking samples for Annex C POPs analysis, specifically for dioxins and furans was carried out in 2010. This training program will go a step further and enhance national capacities in processing samples in the laboratory. The Project will enhance capacity at Ben Hayyan Laboratories Aqaba Jordan in processing and analysis of samples for dioxins and furans. The training program will benefit from this as it could be carried out at Ben Hayyan Laboratories.
The main objectives of the workshop are to upgrade skills and capacities of qualified national specialists for processing of samples from different environmental matrices for hydrocarbons analysis in general, dioxin and furan in particular. This includes:
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden