Stockholm Convention-National Implementation Plan and research needs in the national assessment of POPs in Turkey
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are ubiquitous in the environment and has been of concern and subject to the research since the discovery of their adverse effects. Stockholm Convention, which was adopted on 22 May 2001 and entered into force on 17 May 2004, is the most important legal instrument on the control/elimination of POPs and requires its parties to take appropriate action and measures to eliminate and reduce the release of POPs into the environment. Turkey signed Stockholm Convention on 22 May 2001 and committed to fulfill convention requirements until 2025. A National Implementation Plan (NIP), covering only dirty dozen “12 POPs”, has been prepared/completed in January 2006 and a NIP update process, that will cover new chemicals added to the Annexes of Convention, has started in recent past.
Aims of this special session are are;
- to guide Turkey and Turkish POPs policy makers/researchers to form and plan new policies/research initiatives to implement the Convention efficiently,
- to update on recent results and findings from scientific research and monitoring activities,
- to discuss challenges on implementation and measurement of effectiveness of the Convention,
- to identify gaps in current national POPs research studies
In this manner, besides well respected international experts from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Stockholm Secretariat and RECETOX Center of Czech Republic, national scientists and experts will also be presenting various aspects of the topic in this organised special session.
As the organisers of the session, we encourage you to submit an abstract and would appreciate your help in soliciting other researchers who may be interested to this session. Thanks for your interest and hope to see you in Cappodoccia.
Assist. Prof. Perihan Kurt-Karakuş
Bursa Technical University
Faculty of Natural Sciences, Architecture and Engineering
Env. Eng. Dept.
Prof. Cafer Turgut
Adnan Menderes University
Faculty of Agriculture
Environmental Toxicology Laboratory
Prof. Ivan Holoubek, RECETOX
Prof. Ivan Holoubek works at RECETOX (Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment ) in Czech Republic and is the director of Central and Eastern European Regional POPs Centre. Central and Eastern European POPs Center has been established by Masaryk University Brno and the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic based on the experience related to activities of the European POPs Expert Network and to long-term activities in the field of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Dr. Holoubek’s work focuses on different aspects of environmental studies including environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, chemical ecotoxicology, risk analysis, monitoring systems and environmental impact assessment- all with the special focus on persistent toxic substances; national implementation plans for the Stockholm Convention development and evaluation. At the special session on POPs in the International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Prof. Holubek will be outlining structure of RECETOX Center and benefits of such an organisation for POPs monitoring/control/elimination/regulation aspects.
Dr. Heidi Fiedler, UNEP
Dr. Heidi Fiedler is a Scientific Officer at Chemicals Branch of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She is responsible for the capacity building program for dioxins/furans and other persistent organic pollutants (POPs). She has developed guidelines to develop dioxin emission inventories (Dioxin Toolkit) and guidance to analyze POPs. Heidi is implementing dioxin and laboratory capacity building projects in all UN regions using science-based approaches; the results contribute to the open and transparent process to review and update the Toolkit endorsed by the Stockholm Convention COP. Recent emphasis is on the quantification of dioxin emissions from open burning of waste and biomass in developing countries where these activities often are the major dioxin sources. At the special session on POPs in the International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Dr. Fiedler will make a presentation on developing emission inventories of POPs.
Crispin Halsall, Lancaster University
Dr. Halsall is working at the Center for Chemicals Management of Lancaster University. The Centre for Chemicals Management has been established to provide an integrated approach covering all aspects of chemical fate, behaviour and effects.This ranges from development of new chemicals designed for fitness of purpose without resulting in adverse impact on human health or the environment to safe disposal options. Dr. Halsall’s research investigates the environmental behaviour of organic chemical contaminants, including pesticides, industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Chemical fate and behaviour under climate change, notably in a warmer Arctic, is an important area of his research. His work also extends to understanding chemical behaviour in aquatic and agricultural systems, notably chemical fate in plastic-protected environments. At the special session on POPs in the International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Dr. Halsall will be giving a presentation entitled “Understanding the global fate of POPs in the 21st Century: 'on the ground' observations from source regions and background sites”.