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Albania

Let's keep control on the mercury around us!

Albanian NGO ‘EDEN Center’ (Environmental Center for Development Education and Networking) approached this project from the ambitious angle of awareness-raising on mercury pollution and the Mercury Treaty through youth networks, media and especially social media. EDEN produced a mini-documentary canvassing the views of ordinary Albanians in the city of Tirana, gauging their awareness level of mercury pollution and disseminating information to help inform the public of this hazardous pollutant and global attempts to control its distribution and use through the Treaty process.

Raising public awareness and generation of new data about HG pollution in Albania

Eden Centre identified two hot spots with high levels of mercury contamination. At one of these sites, a former Soda-PVC plant, fish and human hair samples were taken and analyzed for mercury content. Results of these samples are forthcoming. The other site was used as the basis for a short investigative film produced by Eden Centre that was shown to local residents in two public events. Success of this film in raising awareness has spurred other NGOs to use the film at their events.

Awareness on Health and Safety of people living near Berati former plant ULAB (Used Lead Acid Batteries)

The EDEN Center conducted a ground-breaking assessment of the area around an abandoned battery plant to test for lead contamination. After a series of stakeholder meetings and workshops, residents of Uznova (Municipality of Berat) agreed to answer questions about lead exposure and give blood samples for testing. Air, soil, and water were also tested. A report with the findings of the assessment (and recommendations) was delivered to government agencies, shared with the community, and distributed through the media.

Country Situation Report on POPs in Albania

The report explains the sources and types of POPs in Albania and the damage caused by them, including studies describing the contamination of the environment, food, breast milk and blood. In addition, the report covers the results of six new monitoring samples collected by EDEN Center and Arnika from soil and chicken eggs gathered near POPs hotspots. This is the first report to comprehensively describe the POPs situation in Albania.

Outputs:
Country situation report