Toxics Link is working on the issue of POPs for the past 20 years and has been engaged at various levels from doing research, generating awareness, building capacity of the stakeholders and organizing workshops. The interventions are not only limited to India but also extends to the South Asian region.
Broad Areas of Interventions
- Research and creation of baseline information on POPs;
- Awareness generation and capacity building of the stakeholders on the issues;
- Engage with policy makers, industry and other key stakeholders including civil society groups to work out the mechanism to eliminate / manage POPs and promotion of safer alternatives for toxic chemicals;
- Creation and dissemination of the information materials among the stakeholders;
- Organizing stakeholder’s workshop.
The Government of India submitted a time bond National Implementation Plan (NIP) in April 2011, which seeks to eliminate and reduce POPs in India. Toxics link has been actively involved in the various interventions and aligned with NIP to address the issues of POPs within the stipulated time frame.
- Creating Information Materials-
Toxics Link has developed FAQs on Stockholm Convention, DDT and Dioxins/Furans to reach out to the common masses and the key stakeholders in the country.
- National Level Workshop on POPs–
In February 2012, Toxics Link organized a national level stakeholder’s workshop on Stockholm Convention. The workshop aimed to develop a strategy on NIP in India. Apart from the stakeholders from the country, delegates from South Asian countries also attended the meet.
- Regional Level Awareness Meet on the Unintentional POPs “ Dioxins and Furans”
Dioxins and furans are the chemicals designated as POPs that are released unintentionally during industrial and other anthropogenic sources. The National Implementation Plan has also identified the sources of U-POPs in India. In this context Toxics Link has been organizing a series of awareness generation workshops across different regions of the country.