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Study of plastic pollution of the recreational zone of the Kharkov River

In this newsletter (in Russian / на русском) from the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asian (EECCA) region, IPEN Participating Organizations from Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan shared results of their recent work. Results presented relate to issues such as the production and use of highly hazardous pesticides, waste incineration, the disposal of obsolete pesticides, and environmental pollution from plastic. The work of these organizations and others contributes to the implementation of the regional EECCA NGO Strategy for Chemical Safety for the period up to 2030.

This report presents findings of a study conducted by Association Vie et Développement (AVD-Kowa Murna) about pesticides use, management and alternatives in Niger. The research found that agricultural strategies and policies need to be updated to adequately meet production needs (quantity) but also consumer demand (quality). For this, reforms must be initiated in Niger, in particular through regional and sub-regional structures, in order to translate them at the national level.

The objective of this study, led by the Association Marocaine Santé, Environnement et Toxicovigilance (AMSETOX) was to draw up a situation report on highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) in Morocco in order to promote their elimination and the use of alternative non-chemical approaches. At its conclusion, AMSETOX recommends to:
- Establish a strategy for the progressive ban of highly hazardous pesticides registered in Morocco;
- Increase the country's capacity to identify products banned in the country;
- Increase control capacities to detect counterfeit products;

This report presents findings of a study completed by AEEFG in April 2020. It is a preliminary study to identify highly hazardous pesticides, based on Pesticide Action Network, Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) criteria, in use in Tunisia.

Groups Also Call for a National Phase Out and An Agro-Ecological Transition of the Food System in Mexico

More than 180 non-governmental organizations, social groups and academics from different universities sent a letter to the federal authorities to maintain the ban on imports of glyphosate by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) and move forward for a national phase out of all uses.

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