Full Project Title:
Environmentally Sound Management and Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs).
Total Project Budget:
The Government of Nepal ratified the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) on 13th October 2006 and submitted its National Implementation Plan (NIP) in April 2007. The Ministry of Environment is the National Focal Point for the Stockholm Convention. The NIP identified safe disposal of obsolete POPs pesticides and PCBs as the top priority of the country. Accordingly, the Ministry of Environment of the Government of Nepal selected the project “Environmentally Sound Management and Disposal of POPs Pesticides and PCBs” as the first post-NIP project to deal with POPs management. The proposed Medium-sized project (MSP) is envisaged to create institutional capacity to improve legislation on POPs chemicals, dispose of POPs pesticides and eliminate PCBs and PCBs-containing equipment and wastes. The proposed MSP would also enhance the technical/analytical capacity of the country to address the POPs problem in more comprehensive manner. The project will update and complete the inventory of POPs pesticides, PCBs and PCBs-containing equipment waste, which were developed during the NIP project. The disposal of POPs pesticides would be undertaken outside Nepal through a qualified company using the GTZ resources. The PCBs problem would be addressed through technology transfer involving dismantling/decontamination/dechlorination process. Through public awareness campaigns, it is expected to disseminate the POPs pesticides and PCBs information, its impact on human health and the environment as well as disposal technologies to larger groups at national level.
The project will dispose of at least 33 tonnes of POPs pesticides and 167 tonnes of PCBs and PCBs- containing equipment and wastes. The unique feature of the project is that POPs pesticides would be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner through the assistance of GTZ and the PCBs would be disposed of through transfer of technology from the neighbouring country viz. India which is a unique case of South-South cooperation. This South-South cooperation is being followed by UNIDO through its Regional Network on Pesticides for Asia and the Pacific (RENPAP) project to which Nepal is an active member.