Continuing their work on mercury-related harms, Eco-Sense turned their attention to Veles, a city awash in mercury contamination (and other heavy metals) stemming from a now-defunct zinc smelter. Noting that the Veles smelter is often nicknamed the “Macedonian Chernobyl”, Eco-sense is committed to raising greater awareness in this heavily polluted area.
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For this project, Association pour la Recherche et la Formation en Agro-écologie (ARFA) conducted field demonstrations for farmers in Burkina Faso on the effectiveness of the fungus Trichoderma as a way to move away from the use of highly hazardous pesticides. Additionally, they shared information on the Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO's) International Code of Conduct concerning the Distribution and Use of Pesticides, and distributed various information materials about non-hazardous pest control.
Although in Indonesia the monitoring of pesticide circulation is the responsibility of the local government, trade licenses are issued by the national government, which has led to the weakening of supervision of pesticides and violations of bans and restrictions. In this project, Gita Pertiwi aimed to determine the extent of circulation and trade of two banned household pesticides, Dichlorvos and Chlorpyrifos, by visiting shops and dealers in Solo city and Boyolali district.
As a second phase of their e-waste project, CES in Belarus initiated a pilot program on e-waste management in which battery collection containers were provided throughout Minsk. In conjunction, a media awareness campaign about the environmental effects of improper battery disposal and e-waste featured posters, leaflets, brochures, and a mobile exhibition. Additionally, news media and other NGOs were provided with information to help educate the public, including a series of interviews and information e-newsletters.
For this project, Pesticide Action Network- Mauritius (PANeM) aimed to raise awareness about mercury use in schools. To that end, PANeM published and distributed booklets on Mercury-Free Schools, and carried out lectures with questions and answers sessions during half-day workshops for higher secondary school students. About nine hundred students attended the workshops.
Baytuna Society conducted a number of activities to properly understand the current situation and dangers associated with mercury contamination in Jordan. These activities included a review of all legislation governing mercury, literature review of all research studies conducted in the country, informational interviews with government officials, and the staging of events targeting relevant stakeholders to ascertain levels of understanding about the issue.
CES conducted an assessment of the situation on e-waste and battery management in Belarus, and completed a report. The report, geared towards govrnment officials, contains relevant information about import and production, major ways of consumption, life time, the present situation with end-of-life products and options for utilization, relevant applicable legislation, and recommendations for further actions (including extended producer responsibility) in this area. After the report was prepared, a press-conference was organized.
In this project, Association pour la Défense de l’Environnement et des Consommateurs (ADEC) carried out a number of different activities in order to raise awareness about the sound management of waste in Rufisque and the district of Médina in Senegal.
The Center "Cooperation for Sustainable Development" produced a novel and comprehensive report on electronic and electric equipment (EEE) waste disposal in Kazakhstan. In this project, organizers began their work via exhaustive data gathering of existing legislation that helped them pinpoint relevant stakeholders they should target.
Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) organized a national workshop to promote and create a dialogue among relevant stakeholders (the public, government officials, media, civil society groups, academics, and other NGO groups) to generate awareness about and promoting the provisions of SAICM in Sri Lanka. A multi-stakeholder meeting on SAICM had not been organized before and this meeting generated a platform for policy makers, researchers and civil society to discuss the present condition of the chemicals circulating in the country.
In 2010, the NGO groundWork (Friends of the Earth South Africa) convened over 65 farmers from around the country who expressed a desire to educate themselves about the safe handling and proper use of pesticides. Over the course of two days, participants took part in educational sessions that included guided tours of farms practicing permaculture and organic practices. Other interactive discussion sessions featured conversations about basic workplace safety.
The NGO “Independent Ecological Expertise” conducted activities in order to develop a National Action Plan for the Khaidarkan mercury mine, with the goal to reduce mercury contamination of the environment and human health.
Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) conducted a multi level campaign to assess sources and exposure to mercury in Sri Lanka, specifically by CFL light bulbs and mercury-based hospital equipment. Importation data on mercury was collected from Sri Lankan Customs and an additional market survey was conducted among the main mercury sellers and buyers in Colombo. Community organizers also tested water in several potentially contaminated sites and tested specific cosmetics for mercury.
Using survey questions and formative research methods developed with IPEN, PROBICOU identified several mercury contaminated hot spots in and around the area of Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga. These hot spots are all located in close proximity to industrial sites that are known to produce mercury contaminants. Fish samples and hair samples were collected and are currently in the process of being analyzed. In the process of collecting samples, activists noted that they were able to share vital information with local fisherman about the dangers of mercury exposure.
The NGO Association du Reseau Mediterraneen Pour le Developpement Durable (AREMEDD) organized a series of SAICM-related awareness generating activities throughout Tunisia from February to October 2010. These activities, which included the active participation of local NGOs, involved educating students about the dangers of lead in paint and mercury in used batteries, farmers about the adapting alternatives to pesticides, and representatives from the iron and steel industries about the impact of heavy metals on biodiversity.
UNETMAC collected samples from 50 paint containers to test for lead content. Samples were prepared in Uganda and sent to the US for analysis. Out of the eight brands of the paint samples tested, three brands were found to contain significant concentrations of lead. Additionally, 1,000 fact sheets about lead in paint were prepared, produced, and disseminated at a press conference and later at a workshop of the National Environment Management Authority.
By hosting and facilitating a series of Round Table Meetings with relevant government ministries and stakeholders, Forum for Justice (FFJ) created a platform that provided opportunities to share and provide detailed information about the SAICM. Meetings were organized to address particular themes: POPs, Lead, Mercury, and E-waste. In each of the meetings, baseline information was shared about each problem area and specific action plans were laid out to meet the SAICM 2020 objectives.
The NGO Association de la Protection de l'Environnement et de Développement de Bizerte (APEDUBB) organized a number of mercury-awareness raising activities with youth, the medical industry, government officials, and the wider public. The largest of these, a workshop attended by over 160 participants, featured three focused presentations that centered on identifying sources of mercury, hazards to human and environmental health, and the role of civic participation on reducing mercury usage.