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Project Description

Full Project Title: 

Technical assistance for environmentally sustainable management of PCBs and other POPs waste in the Republic Armenia.

 

Project number:

GF/ARM/08/002

Starting date:

January 2009

Duration:

2 years

Total Project Budget:

2,653,460 U$

Counterparts:

  • Department of Hazardous Chemicals and Waste Management, Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia.
  • Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia.
  • "Waste Research Center": A state, non-commercial Organization at the Ministry of Nature Protection.

 

Project Description

 

The proposed project will provide a detailed analysis of Armenia’s institutional as well as technical capacity to ensure the environmentally sound management (ESM) of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other persistent organic pollutants (POPs) wastes as required under the Stockholm Convention on POPs. Based on this analysis, the proposed project seeks to develop strategies to overcome the identified gaps and shortcomings. This includes capacity building and the provision of technical assistance in the area of ESM of POPs (PCBs and obsolete pesticides) through training and information campaigns.

The proposed project also aims at assisting the country to develop and implement legislation on the ESM of PCBs. If enforced, this will enable Armenia to more effectively meet its obligations under the Stockholm Convention to phase-out the use of PCBs-containing equipment and disposal of PCB-wastes. The improvement of the legal basis for chemicals management, including POPs will generally support the fulfillment of global agreements, specifically the Stockholm, Rotterdam and Basel Conventions as well as SAICM. The development and adoption of a number of legislative documents for sound management of POPs chemicals and wastes, including working-out normative acts for development and establishment of the Register on POPs and POPs-containing wastes (obsolete pesticides and PCBs), as well as the establishment of the Central Analytical Laboratory on POPs to ensure analyses and control on the environment, will facilitate the achievement of the project objective. In terms of national infrastructure for the ESM of PCBs, the proposed project will identify suitable interim storage sites for PCB-containing waste, with the aim of minimizing the adverse effects of releases of PCBs to human and the environment. In this regards, the feasibility studies for the disposal of POPs wastes (PCBs and obsolete pesticides) should be carried out, as well as affordable best available techniques (BAT) and best environmental practices (BEP) options for Armenia will be formulated and finalized with relevant institutions and stakeholders.

With the implementation of the proposed project, Armenia will be able to significantly reduce the use and releases of PCBs and POPs pesticides. This in turn will help to reduce the global availability of these substances, thus reducing their negative impact to human health and the environment on a global scale. The project will hence contribute to global efforts to control POPs chemicals. It will also indirectly contribute to the objectives of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal and the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedures for Certain Hazardous Chemicals.