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A Toxics-Free Future


EECCA Regional Newsletter 2021

IPEN and "Eco-Accord" present the next issue of the EECCA regional newsletter. IPEN members from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Ukraine share the outcomes of their work.

Despite the difficult times of the COVID19 pandemic, IPEN member NGOs from EECCA are carrying out various projects and achieving great results, including raising awareness on the safe management of chemicals and waste, preparing recommendations and demands, developing guidance documents and training materials. Most organizations have learned to work remotely, holding webinars and virtual discussions. Such events have enabled the involvement of experts, including those who could not attend face-to-face meetings due to limited financial resources.

It is important to note that the projects implemented in EECCA helped to prepare valuable information materials containing important data and recommendations useful for all countries of the region. We wrote appeals to government agencies, commented on draft technical regulations, held various information events and trainings.

In total, from mid-2020 to mid-2021 EECCA IPEN participating organizations implemented more than 20 projects on multiple issues addressing safe management of toxic substances and waste. Problems linked to pesticide management, mercury pollution, implementation of international environmental agreements, development of national legislations in the pandemic period, and many others were considered.

In this issue of the EECCA Regional Newsletter, you will learn about the results of projects aimed to stop goods containing toxic chemicals from entering EECCA markets, what new technical regulations have been developed in EECCA countries with direct participation of IPEN member organizations. The authors of the materials will talk about new campaigns of public organizations against the construction of hazardous industrial facilities, share their experience in working with the population of agricultural areas and offer recommendations for public environmental monitoring of e-waste handling.