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In fulfilment of its obligation to the Stockholm Covention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Botswana has just completed a Preliminary PCB Inventory Exercise.
The inventory started in June 2006 and finished at the end of July 2006. During this exercise, the country was divided into three zones being; North, Central and South. The inventory teams were led by the Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control with members from Botswana Power Corporation playing a pivotal role. Other key team members were Environmental Health Officer from Local Authorities, and the Mining Industry.
The final inventory report is being compiled and will be published as soon as it is available.
PCB INVENTORY PROGRESS REPORT
The Polychlorinated Biphenyls Inventory (PCB) Project is meant to assist SADC member countries to establish inventories of PCBs and PCB containing equipment in their respective countries. The project aims to enhance national capacities for the environmentally sound management of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), through the development of regional harmonized national inventories. PCBs are amongst the twelve Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) identified under the Stockholm Convention. These PCBs are also included within the scope of the Basel Convention on the Control Trans-boundary Movement of Hazardous Waste and their disposal and the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure.
Botswana as a SADC member country and a signatory to the Stockholm Convention is obligated to identify, characterize and address the release of PCBs. The main objective of the Stockholm Convention is to stop production and use of the twelve persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including PCBs. The Stockholm Convention has set up a target date of 2025 by which all signatories would have phased out production and use of PCBs. However, SADC member countries have set themselves a more ambitious PCB phasing out target date of 2010.
Botswana Progress Report
TSETSE FLY AERIAL SPRAYING
The fifth and final cycle of the 2006 aerial spraying operation to eradicate tsetse flies from Botswana and Namibia started 13th and ended 18th August.
Chemical spillage in Tlokweng
A Chemical Distributing Company was on Thursday the 10th November charged a P2,000 duty of care by the Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control, for delaying to dispose off 230 bags of amyral corn staff which fell off from a consignment and left the proximate area enclosed with white dust.
The company reported that the consignment was transported from Johannesburg to Gaborone. A few kilometers after entering the Tlokweng border gate, the load shifted and 230 bags fell off, discharging the white powder on the road and its reserve.
The accident occurred on Tuesday the 9th November, 2005. The government officials (Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control and Environmental Health Unit), came to the scene on Thursday after being notified by a Mmegi Newspaper reporter.
The officials inspected the place for possible environmental damages. The labeling in the bags suggested the powder was not hazardous but samples were taken for further laboratory analysis.
The Waste Management Act, 1998, requires transportation to be done in a safe manner to prevent any accidents which might be detrimental to the environment. Any person who contravenes this provision is liable to a fine of P1000 and a further P500 for each day the contravention continues.
These photos show the spillage of Corn Starch in Tlokweng.
Stockholm Convention National Implementation Plan workshop – Maharaja
Date: 10th November 2005
Launch of the POPs Enabling Activities Project
whose purpose was to raise awareness on POPs and the Stockholm Convention to a wide spectrum of audience
Participants present were Chemical stakeholders from Government, NGOs, parastatals, industries, retailers academic institutions etc.
The main outcomes of the workshop were that Stakeholders were identified; Task teams were endorsed: – Pesticides and contaminated sites; PCBs, Dioxins and Furans; Institutional, legal and technical capacities; Public Education and Awareness Raising: POPs National Working Committee endorsed.
Training (11th – 13th October 2005)
There was training on POPs Inventory Procedures held at the National Environmental Laboratory. Its main objective was to train selected chemical stakeholders on POPs inventory procedures
Participants were drawn from Chemical stakeholders dealing directly with POPs from government, NGOs, Private industries, retailers and academic institutions.
Training on National Chemical Profile(14th October 2005)
Training of chemical stakeholders on the development of a National Chemical Profile and the linkages with the NIP of the Stockholm Convention on POPs.
Participants included institutions, companies Chemical Production, distribution and usage stakeholders
Training was conducted by the United Nations Institute of Training And Research (UNITAR).
27th – 31st October 2005: CIEN Training at NIIT Gaborone
To train stakeholders on how to effectively utilize the internet for acquiring chemical information
Participants: Chemical stakeholders
1st – 2nd November 2005: CIEN Stakeholders Workshop – Boipuso Conference Centre
To train stakeholders on the Chemical Information Exchange Network and Environmentally Sound Technology Information System Project
Participants: Chemical stakeholders.
3rd – 4th November 2005: Webmasters Training – NIIT Gaborone
Training stakeholders on how to design the National CIEN-ESTIS website
INFORMATION ON POPs
Persistent Organic Pollutants (P.O.Ps) are chemical substances that persist in the environment, bio-accumulate through the food web, and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment. With the evidence of long-range transport of these substances to regions where they have never been used or produced and the consequent threats they pose to the environment of the whole globe, the international community has now, at several occasions called for urgent global actions to reduce and eliminate releases of these chemicals.
Article 16 of the Stockholm Convention on POPs requires the Conference of the Parties to perform an effectiveness evaluation starting four years after entry into force of the Convention and then at periodic intervals. In order to facilitate the evaluation the Conference of Parties will initiate the establishment of arrangements to provide itself with comparable monitoring data on the presence of the chemicals under the Convention as well as their regional and global environmental transport. Such arrangements should be implemented on a regional basis when appropriate.
At the request of the POPs Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee UNEP Chemicals has launched a POPs Global Monitoring Programme. The programme is intended to form a basis for the effectiveness evaluation of the Stockholm Convention. Activities will include developing guidance on sampling and analysis of POPs, QA/QC procedures, data treatment and communication and data assessment. In addition the programme will include an electronic discussion group on POPs monitoring issues where existing programs and laboratories are invited to participate and share their experience on this subject.
Nigeria – 28 November – 04 December 2005
Morocco – 12 – 16 December 2005
Rwanda – January 2006
CIEN has been implemented in 49 countries world wide: 39 in Africa (Botswana included) and 8 Latin American countries.Botswana is the first country in southern Africa to have CIEN – ESTIS website.