The Regional Center of the Russian Federation for the Stockholm Convention held a conference on the management of POPs

October 27, 2022

Novosibirsk Institute of Organic Chemistry. N.N. Vorozhtsov SB RAS held on October 26-28 the conference „Management of persistent organic pollutants in Russia and abroad.“

The main objectives of the event were as follows:

  1. explanation of the range of existing threats to the state of ecosystems and public health, as well as future generations caused by the production, distribution and bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants;
  2. exchange of experience in terms of the formation of environmental programs and strategies on the management of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on POPs;
  3. Presentation of foreign and interstate solutions in the field of handling persistent organic pollutants;
  4. Familiarization of managers and specialists of industrial and agro-technological enterprises with the practical aspects of environmentally safe handling of persistent organic pollutants;
  5. informing about existing developments in the field of determination, monitoring and destruction of persistent organic pollutants;
  6. Consideration of issues related to the analysis of microplastics in environmental objects.

Opening the conference, Director of the Research Institute of Chemistry of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Head of the Regional Center for the Stockholm Convention, Professor, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Elena Bagryanskaya noted: “This conference is becoming a convenient platform for discussing acute environmental issues, and there is no doubt the need for such meetings every year, including in face-to-face format.

Head of Rosprirodnadzor Svetlana Radionova in her speech called for cooperation between the scientific community and government authorities in the field of research on persistent organic and other pollutants, including microplastics, in various formats and at various sites.

Representatives of state authorities and leading specialists of scientific organizations and supervisory authorities in the field of chemical and environmental safety acted as plenary speakers and experts. The countries participating in the Stockholm Convention did not stand aside either: in 2022, representatives from the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Republic of Armenia took part in the conference.

Sergey Korotkov, Director of the UNIDO CIIC, took part in the conference and spoke about the results of the UNIDO-GEF project “Environmentally sound regulation and final destruction of PCBs at the enterprises of Russian Railways and other owners”.

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