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Groups pursue ban on waste trade as the first anniversary of the re-exportation of Canadian garbage dumped in the Philippines on May 31 nears

(Quezon City, Philippines) - Civil society groups marked the first anniversary of the repatriation of 69 container vans of rotting Canadian garbage to their source with a resounding plea for decisive policy actions to prevent its recurrence and to defend environmental justice and the rule of law.

Newly-issued DOH policy banning dental amalgam draws cheers amid the coronavirus crisis

(Quezon City) A new policy promulgated by the Department of Health (DOH) phasing out dental amalgam, a tooth filling material containing approximately 50% mercury, has received roars of approval from advocacy groups within and outside the Philippines.

This report presents findings of a study conducted by Red de Acción en Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas para América Latina (RAP-AL) Uruguay between December 2019 and May 2020. The study aimed to review the international context and the situation in Uruguay regarding Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) in accordance with the new criteria developed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, and the Pesticide Action Network International List of Highly Hazardous Pesticides.

In Ethiopia, there are a number of tested means that support the process of phasing out the use of highly hazardous pesticides by replacing them with ecology-based crop production systems. With the involvement of different civil society organizations and support from the government extension systems, the ecological farming initiative is building momentum. There are a number of best practices and success stories in reducing and avoiding the use of toxic chemicals by replacing them with alternatives. Read about them in this report prepared by Pesticide Action Nexus Association.

Production and use of highly hazardous pesticides in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan- trends and perspectives for transition to safe alternatives

May, 2020. First-of-their-kind comprehensive studies on the production and use of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan have been carried out and show an increasing trend in the use of highly hazardous chemical plant protection products in these countries. 

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