Partnerships between NGOs and research facilities for capacity building to reduce adverse health and environmental impacts of POPs.
The activity focused on public participation in the National Implementation Plan (NIP). Mama 86 organized a multi-sectoral roundtable to discuss POPs-related risks, POPs management strategies, the role of international cooperation, and technologies. Participants included experts, government and industry representatives, and NGOs. Following the roundtable, a brochure was developed and used in a public awareness-raising campaign to promote broad public participation in development and implementation of the Plan. Implementation of the project allowed Mama 86 to build on its experience, raise public awareness of POPs, and develop proposals for incorporation in the NIP that should facilitate ratification of the Stockholm Convention by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. This activity strengthened the partnership between the general public and government authorities, and it enhanced public participation in decision-making on reduction of adverse health and environmental impacts of POPs.