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Vietnam: Action plan discussed to reduce organic pollutants

By Vietnamese News Agency

Ha Noi - Government officials and environment experts, both domestic and foreign, met in a workshop in Ha Noi on Thursday to discuss the development of a national plan of action to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

The event was part of a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which aims at helping Viet Nam build a legal basis for the control of POPs. Viet Nam, one of 50 member countries of the Stockholm Convention, is obliged to submit its plan of action to reduce and abolish POPs before May 17, 2006.

POPs are highly stable compounds that circulate globally through a repeated process of evaporation and deposit, and are transported through the atmosphere and the oceans to regions far away from their original source. They accumulate in the tissue of living organisms, which absorb POPs through food, water, and air. The effects of POPs exposure include birth defects, cancers, and dyfunctional immune and reproductive systems. POPs are also a threat to biodiversity, and even have the potential to cause disruption at the ecosystem level.

Especially harmful POPs are PCB, DDT and dioxin/furan.

The GEF will help Viet Nam set up a national POPs control agency and improve the working capacity of related bodies as well as a mechanism for information exchange among these bodies. It will also assist the country to develop a national plan on the implementation of Stockholm Convention on POPs.

Under the GEF-funded project, statistics on POPs nationwide will be collected, technical instructions issued for the collection, processing, elimination and storage of POPs, and measures explored to reduce and abolish POPs completely in Viet Nam.

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