Pesticides

Chemicals

The production and use of certain pesticides is substantially curtailed under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the Aarhus Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and other international treaties.  Many pesticides remain in the environment for long periods of time, accumulate in the tissues of animals as they move up the food chain, and pose significant health risks to humans and other living things. The Parties to the Stockholm Convention have agreed to eliminate and prohibit the production of nine chemicals (listed in Appendix A) and to import or export these substances only in accordance with a set of strictly defined rules.

The Stockholm Convention includes provisions for reducing and eliminating releases from stockpiles and wastes.  Stockpiles must be managed “in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound manner.”  Each Party to the Convention must create an implementation plan that includes projections of expected releases of POPs, procedures for monitoring stockpiles, plans for periodic reviews, and steps taken to promote awareness of the dangers posed by POPs, including education particularly targeted at women and children.  In addition, Parties must undertake research programs to further scientific knowledge relating to these persistent toxins.

Practitioners who are charged with enforcing the provisions of the Stockholm Convention or other regulations of hazardous chemicals require highly specialized training and must be capable of assessing environmental impacts under a wide variety of circumstances. INECE’s networks connect agency officials and enforcement staff from around the world who are able to benefit from the shared expertise and experiences of others in their field.

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