Chemical safety is an important issue, affecting the quality of life of people in many countries, including Belarus. Unfortunately, not a lot of people are really aware about this issue. It is noted, that often insufficient attention at local and regional levels is paid by decision makers to this topic. Risks associated with chemical contamination often remain invisible and depend only on the broad and timely information of the public about relevant research findings. Today, this issue has received little attention.
These and other aspects of the problem will be in focus of Public informational center on chemical safety and waste issues which is created by the Center for environmental solutions (CES) in co-operation with Arnika within the project "Strengthening public participation on environmental decision making and SAICM implementation in Belarus" (SAICM - Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management).
"We hope that the information center will promote public interest in waste and chemical safety in our country, and as a result, more people will participate in solving these problems," – says Eugeniy Lobanov, CES program director.
“I am very glad that Arnika could provide their experience and capacities from Czech Republic to help open the Centre. Existence of public institution that will provide expert advice and answers to questions of the public and journalists in the issues of waste and chemical safety is very important”,- stated Matej Man, Arnika’s representative.
Apart from providing information, Informational Centre will arrange educational workshops, seminars and meetings for interested people and organizations on waste management and chemicals.
Public informational center on chemical safety and waste is opened in frame of the project “Strengthening public participation on environmental decision making and SAICM implementation in Belarus” funded by The European Union within The European Union‘s Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development programme for “Belarus” and co-funded by the Czech Development Agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic within Programme of Foreign Development Aid of the Czech Republic. Work on the Сenter is also co-funded by Global Greengrants Fund.
Center for Environmental solutions – is a non-governmental non-commercial organization, founded in 2009 with the aim to promote environmentally-friendly life-style, principles of sustainable development, and international co-operation for environmental protection. Main work areas of CES are: chemical safety, energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable waste management, green consumption, and organic agriculture. Web-site: www.Ecoidea.by
Arnika - is a Czech non-governmental organisation dealing with environmental issues especially connected with chemical safety, citizens’ support and environmental law. Arnika seeks to reduce toxics, to point at the biggest pollutants in the Czech Republic, to organise happenings to highlight local problems. Arnika encourage citizens to be active in decision making process and forming of new NGO’s. Web-site: http://english.arnika.org