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Need for effective plan for mgmt of persistent organic pollutants’

Source: The Hitavada  June 9, 2017. 

In a workshop on ‘Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions and Associated Challenges’ held at CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) here in association with Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the experts stressed upon the need to have an effective plan for environmentally sound management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in India. NEERI, as a Stockholm Convention Regional Centre (SCRC) on POPs for Asia Region, had organised the workshop. M K Gangeya, Director, HSM Division, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change; S Ganeshan, Chairman, Indian Chemical Council, Mumbai; B R Naidu, Scientist ‘E’ and In-charge, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Vadodara; and Satish Sinha, Executive Director, Toxic Links, inaugurated the workshop. Dr Rakesh Kumar, Director, CSIR-NEERI, presided over. Dr A N Vaidya, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NEERI, co-ordinated the workshop. Gangeya briefed the participants about Stockholm Convention Meeting held recently in Geneva. He also explained the regulatory framework required for managing chemicals according to the conventions. He further clarified on some new chemicals whether they came under POPs or not. He emphasised on the need to strengthen India’s capacity to address various issues on POPs.

Dr A N Vaidya spoke on research and development activity to be taken up by CSIR-NEERI in order to overcome challenges that emerged due to newly added chemicals in the schedule of Stockholm Convention. He also emphasised on the need to collaborate with industries and other research institutes. S Ganeshan and Satish Sinha highlighted various aspects related to POPs, associated consequences, and probable solutions. Earlier, in his opening remarks, Dr Rakesh Kumar mentioned the objectives and role of Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions. He stressed upon the need to identify the loopholes, formulate an effective plan for environmentally sound management of POPs and capacity building through public awareness. Dr Kanchan Kumari, Convener of the workshop, highlighted the role of CSIR-NEERI as SCRC and its involvement in capacity building and monitoring of POPs. She also briefed about the chemicals newly included in the schedules of the Conventions.

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