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A Toxics-Free Future


GDA in Pakistan

Global day of action on POPs in Pakistan.

This report documents the workshop for local government-elected representatives that was organized by SDPI in Islamabad on April 21, 2005, on the occasion of "Earth Day" and the "Global Day of Action on POPs." At the event, environmental experts and academia provided data and encouraged local elected government representatives to help raise awareness among communities about the harmful effects of POPs and to develop necessary laws at the local level. Experts expressed concerns on the smuggling of banned chemicals into the country, which are a principle cause of POPs use. The workshop participants recommended a ban on open burning at dumpsites; use of DDT and household pesticides as well as measures such as leakage control for electricity transformers; consideration of alternative technologies to waste incineration and earliest possible ratification of Stockholm Convention.

Workshop for government representatives and media

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)