Towards eliminating persistent organic pollutants
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are chemical substances that persist in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food web, and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment. An EU directive, based on the Stockholm convention on POPs, entered into force in 2003. In order to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of POPs, the directive aims to prohibit, phase out, and eliminate them by the end of 2028. Turkey became a party to the Stockholm convention in 2010 and was required to submit an implementation plan in 2012. However, in order to meet its obligations, Turkey required technical and financial assistance.
The project’s aims and core activities
To this end, personnel in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and relevant agencies are being trained in different aspects of the regulation, including preparing and implementing a national implementation plan. They are also being advised on setting up a Turkish pollutant release and transfer register, part of a Europe-wide inventory that provides easily accessible key environmental data from industrial facilities. Other courses cover the identification and remediation of contaminated sites.
In order to raise awareness about all issues concerning persistent organic pollutants, a website has been set up. In addition, publicity materials are being prepared and distributed to the public, industry, relevant NGOs, and educational institutions.