This project by Arnika Association, entitled 'Impact of heavy metals from Balkan power plants on inhabitants and the environment', focuses on the presentation and discussion of data related to contamination by heavy metals at selected locations in the Balkans. Sampling teams conducted monitoring in the field to obtain data about the impacts of coal fired power plants from emissions and releases (including ash ponds and dumps). The sampled sites were located in Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.
As an international tourist destination, Phuket currently attracts around two million visitors each year who contribute nearly 120 tons of solid waste each day. The Thai government, in violation of several environmental laws, operates a massive waste incinerator to treat this waste. No alternative or recycling system has ever been discussed.
In this project, Eco-SPES collected water and bottom deposits from minor water bodies (lakes, rivers, channels), as well as soil samples, to measure toxic metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). This was a unique undertaking, as these types of samples have not been collected for analysis before; or, at least not within the past 20 to 30 years. Additionally, it was a particularly relevant project, as preparations for the planned raising of the water level in Cheboksary Water Reservoir at the Volga were occuring.
In 2011, the government of India submitted its National Implementation Plan (NIP) for persistent organic pollutants. Toxics Link, in an effort to bring a better understanding of this to interested stakeholders, prepared an easy-to-use and understand informational sheet that explains how the NIP is related to current issues on dioxin, furans and DDT use, as well as how the NIP is aligned with the Stockholm Convention.
In an effort to create public awareness about illegal waste incineration in the Czech Republic as well as the larger issue of waste incineration residues in general, Arnika conducted several activities. The first involved sampling for PCB, dioxins, and PAH residues at a waste site and making the results public through mass media. Subsequently, a workshop on POPs wastes and waste incineration was organized for Czech NGOs, with 22 participants. A joint declaration from the workshop was created, as well as the formation of a new network.
Inventories of unintentional POPs (U-POPs) in Latin America: a comparative study.
Contamination of chicken eggs near the Vikuge obsolete pesticides stockpile in Tanzania by dioxins, PCBs and hexachlorobenzene.
Cement kilns and POPs.
Eggs sampling for by-product POPs and public raising-awareness activities.