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Toxic Substances in Toys, Products for Children and Care of Them in Belarus

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Environmental monitoring in Belarus - Sampling Report

pdfMonitoring in Belarus - Sampling Report.pdf1.15 MB


Environmental monitoring in Belarus - POPs

pdfMonitoring in Belarus - Part 2 - POPs.pdf203.12 KB


Environmental monitoring in Belarus - Part 2

pdfMonitoring in Belarus - Part 2.pdf323.6 KB


Assessment of phthalic acid ester presence in toys, children stuffs and wallpapers in Belarus

pdfAssessment of phthalic acid ester presence in toys.pdf900.38 KB

This study was created with the financial assistance of the European Union and co-financed by the Czech Development Agency and Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the Programme of Czech Development Cooperation, Global Greengrants Fund and IPEN (International POPs Elimination Network). Its content is sole responsibility of Arnika Association and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union and/or other co-sponsors.


Country situation report on POPs in Belarus

pdfCountry situation report on POPs in Belarus.pdf598.61 KB

Foundation for the Realization of Ideas (FRI)

This report describes and assesses the country situation in Belarus with respect to POPs and Stockholm Convention implementation. Topics covered include sources and levels of POPs, damages, NGOs and civil society, laws and government responsibilities, country efforts to deal with POPs, state of implementation, new POPs, alternatives, resources on POPs, and NGO recommendations for the elimination of POPs. The report is a useful reference document that provides the basic information needed by NGOs in Belarus to prepare awareness-raising activities and materials, identify further areas of investigation, plan campaigns, and prepare for a meaningful role in NIP preparations.


Verkhnedvinsk and Novopolock: Two hotspots in Belarus

pdfVerkhnedvinsk and Novopolock.pdf353.94 KB

Foundation for the Realization of Ideas (FRI)

FRI produced two separate reports on POPs hotspots in Belarus: a large petrochemical complex in Novopolock and a dumpsite for obsolete pesticides in Verkhnedvinsk. Topics include physical descriptions of the sites; environmental, social and health consequences; responsible party; plans for cleanup; and NGO recommendations. The report on Novopolock documents extensive chlorinated chemical production and wastes. The report on Verkhnedvinsk describes conditions at this obsolete pesticide dump as catastrophic. Since it is situated near the Daugava River, pollutants can flow into the Baltic Sea. Both sites represent POPs hotspots that need to be considered in the NIP.


Egg sampling for by-product POPs

pdfEgg sampling for by-product POPs.pdf450.83 KB

Foundation for the Realization of Ideas (FRI)

FRI sampled eggs from chickens raised near the Bolshoi Trostenec dumpsite as part of IPEP's global egg sampling project for unintentionally produced POPs. PCBs levels expressed in WHO-TEQs exceeded background levels by more than 10-fold and were four times higher than the proposed European Union (EU) limit for eggs. Levels of dioxins exceeded EU regulatory limits for eggs by almost 1 pg WHO-TEQ/g. The study produced the first data about POPs in chicken eggs in Belarus. Extensive media outreach accompanied the release of the results.


Global day of action on POPs in Belarus

pdfGlobal day of action on POPs in Belarus.pdf329.36 KB

International Academy of Ecology

The International Academy of Ecology held a roundtable discussion with NGOs, academics, businesses and press on the topic of materials and POPs-in particular: PVC used in construction materials. The topics included the link between PVC and dioxin formation, the growing waste problem, and the need to consider material substitution away from chlorinated plastics as a dioxin reduction practice.


Dirty Dozen magazine

pdfDirty Dozen magazine.pdf299.97 KB

Foundation for the Realization of Ideas (FRI)

This artistic magazine uses language that is easy to understand to raise awareness on a broad range of topics related to the Stockholm Convention and POPs for use by NGOs during the First Conference of the Parties in Uruguay. Topics included POPs pesticides and stockpiles, dioxin inventories, Convention implementation strategies, DDT and malaria, new POPs, body burdens, and cultural impacts on Indigenous Peoples. Eighteen IPEN participating organizations wrote articles and the magazine was translated into Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.


Global day of action on POPs in Belarus

pdfGlobal day of action on POPs in Belarus.pdf328.45 KB

Foundation for the Realization of Ideas (FRI)

FRI developed an informational website in Russian to supply a wide spectrum of organizations interested in implementation of Stockholm Convention in Belarus with relevant and independent information. The activity also included a press event to present the results of the hotspot report on POPs in eggs.


Guidelines for Stockholm Convention implementation in Belarus

pdfGuidelines for Stockholm Convention implementation in Belarus.pdf329.1 KB

Foundation for the Realization of Ideas (FRI)

The activity focused on how best to implement the Stockholm Convention in Belarus. Topics covered include the POPs situation, government obligations and practical actions on a local level. FRI also produced informational materials and organized a national NGO workshop on POPs to develop NGO interest and capacity in working on the NIP.


Cement kilns and POPs

pdfCement kilns and POPs.pdf357.97 KB

Foundation for Realization of Ideas (FRI)

This report analyzes the potential impact of cement kilns on POPs contamination in Belarus. Topics covered include: manufacturing processes, cement manufacturing in Belarus and sources of dioxins. The topic is relevant to Annex C of the Convention, which lists cement kilns firing hazardous waste as a potential dioxin source.


Expert team investigation of brominated flame retardants in Minsk

pdfExpert team investigation of brominated flame retardants in Minsk.pdf577.55 KB

Foundation for Realization of Ideas (Belarus)

The activity assembled an expert team of NGO and government personnel to work on this groundbreaking study, which provided the first data on brominated flame retardants in Belarus. Personnel included representatives of FRI, a representative of the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Public Health, and representatives of Arnika (Czech Republic) and Eco-Accord (Russia) as Steering Committee consultants. The report provides information on characteristics of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and analytical testing results on samples collected from an apartment, office and computer club. The report highlights the potential importance of the problem related to PBDEs in the Minsk area. The investigation is timely, especially because Norway proposed the addition of pentabromodiphenyl ether (PentaBDE) to the Convention list of substances in 2005.