National Workshop on Inventory of Initial and New Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
National Workshop on Inventory of Initial and New Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) was organized by the Ministry of Climate Change with cooperation of UN Environment Program in Lahore on August 31, 2017, with the objective to review the National Implementation Plan (NIP) to make Pakistan POPs free.
Speakers emphasized that elimination of POPs was a great national responsibility and a big International commitment of Pakistan, for which pooling of all intellectual and technical resources was required so as to effectively cope with this challenge.Pakistan is part of a regional and global program which endeavors to create a network of stockholders and Governments to work for elimination of POPs.The initial POPs have been banned under the Stockholm Convention in Pakistan. The Convention has made it obligatory for all parties to the Convention to phase out POPs in their use, import and export as soon as possible.
The main objective of the related activities is reducing human health and environmental risks by enhancing management capacities and disposal of POPs in Pakistan through development and implementation of a regulatory policy and enforcement system to reduce POPs releases and to regulate POPs waste disposal; capacity building to reduce exposure to and releases of POPs; and collection, transport and disposal of 300t of PCBs and 1200t of POPS Pesticides.
Professor Dr. Sajid Rashid, principal, College of Earth and Environmental Sciences University of Punjab suggested that there is an urgent need of establishing linkages between academia, industry and government organization. He further emphasized on up gradation of existing laboratories for analysis of POPs products and processes.
POPs have been widely used in various industrial processes, products and pesticides. Once these POPs were considered well reputed for their stability, long life and inert chemical properties. Unfortunately, it has been recently discovered that POPs are extremely harmful for human, wildlife health and environment.