Institut za ruralni razvoj i ekologiju (IRRE) held a public seminar and produced an 8-page booklet to help Croatia’s agricultural stakeholders move towards complying with a recent national law mandating the practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Through this seminar and accompanying booklet, farmers and other relevant stakeholders were educated about the tenets of IPM including fertilization and plant stress, crop rotation, soil health, and pesticide waste management.
Policy and Legislation
Through background literature and policy research, as well as extensive interaction and outreach with various regional level stakeholders, Asociación Argentina de Médicos por el Medio Ambiente (AAMMA) produced a comprehensive report about the situation of domestic mercury management. In addition, AAMMA prepared 18 flyers to accompany the document, to facilitate the dissemination of the concepts among the different actors involved.
To examine the level of mercury contamination in face whitening products on the Thai market and to increase awareness among consumers about the danger of mercury and the importance of eliminating mercury from products, Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH) conducted sampling and an awareness-raising campaign. Results of the sampling confirmed that 20% of all face whitening products studied were contaminated with mercury, although limitations in the testing process indicate this could be higher.
Ecological Restorations organized several activities to promote awareness about existing sources of mercury pollution and advocate for policy changes to protect human and environmental health. Policy makers, artisanal gold miners, journalists, researchers and members of the community all were targeted with various types of educational media. Additionally, Ecological Restorations held a workshop in which officials from the Ghananian EPA were invited to discuss future policy changes.
To ensure that the residents of the Owinu Uhuru slum (Kenya) could protect themselves from dangerous smoke emitted from a local lead metal recovery factory, Eco-Ethics conducted an all encompassing campaign that included sample collection, awareness raising, community organizing, and mobilizing direct action. With the results of sampling showing high levels of lead contamination in blood, air, soil, and water, the community was mobilized to demand action from the factory officials concerning lead poisoning.
To confront and solve the rampant contamination of highly toxic pesticides in the environment and the health of those living in the Davao del Sur area of the Phillipines, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) enacted a multi-pronged education and awareness campaign with farmers, the public, business leaders, members of the media, and government officials.
The large majority of plantation owners in the Philippines continue to aerial spray their crops with highly toxic pesticides and insecticides, compromising worker safety and the health of the surrounding communities. With the goal of completely banning the spraying of pesticides, banning or restricting highly hazardous pesticides, and promoting chemical-free ecological agriculture, Citizens Alliance Unified for Sectoral Empowerment Davao del Sur (CAUSE-DS) and Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Philippines organizers began this project by staging a forum in the most affected village.
The districts located in the Syrdaryinskaya oblast contain numerous obsolete pesticide burial sites. Although officials maintain the safety of these burial sites, ARMON's independent assessment showed that these sites are leaking pesticides into the air and ground water, are not properly safeguarded against the theft of pesticides, and appear to be a major cause of adverse health impacts in the surrounding communities. In addition, ARMON identified several burial sites not accounted for by official government records, also leaking pesticides.
The Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED), through its secretariat Arab Office for Youth and Environment (AOYE), conducted a regional workshop for 40 participants representing NGOs, media, scientific experts, and government officials from eight countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon) to enhance the international efforts towards reducing mercury usage and pave the way towards complete elimination.
Alianza por una Mejor Calidad de Vida organized a series of workshops and staged a media campaign with a national TV network to create public awareness about the dangers of pesticides in food. This included developing brochures tailored to the communities most affected by the use hazardous pesticides. An expose of pesticide poisoning cases of rural and seasonal female workers was also shared with the public. In addition, they worked closely with a prominent member of the National Congress to introduce legislation that would phase out the most hazardous and highly toxic pesticides.