GEF-UNIDO PROJECT
«ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND MANAGEMENT AND FINAL DISPOSAL OF POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBs) IN UKRAINE»
26 June 2017

Workshops on PCB Management and Disposal Take Place in Odessa and Lviv

Workshops organized as part of the international GEF-UNIDO Project "Environmentally sound management and final disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Ukraine" took place in Odessa, Hotel "Victoria" on June 19-21 and in Lviv, Hetman hotel and training center on June 22-24. Two seminars brought together a few hundred participants who addressed PCBs management and disposal.

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The event was attended by representatives of state regional administrations, large industrial enterprises of Lviv and Odessa regions, environmental agencies, environmental inspection services, regional departments of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine and experts in the field of environmental protection, waste management and occupational safety. The participants discussed PCBs inventory and monitoring, Ukrainian and international legal framework on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and ways to minimize and eliminate environmental risks and health effects caused by PCBs.

The trainings also addressed Ukraine's need to ensure full compliance with international obligations under the Stockholm Convention on restriction and elimination of POPs.  

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The workshop in Odessa started with opening remarks from Eugeniy Fedorenko, expert of the GEF-UNIDO Project "Environmentally sound management and final disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Ukraine". In his speech, he focused on components and stages of the project implementation in Ukraine, addressed the current PCB situation in the country and shared the vision of the project team for environmental POP-related issues. Participants of the Odessa seminar discussed ways of environmentally sound disposal of PCBs, improvement of existing management and disposal mechanisms and compliance with international standards and obligations under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Vanda Baranovska, vice-rector for scientific and pedagogical work at the State Ecological Academy of Postgraduate Studies and Management opened the seminar in Lviv, emphasizing the need for cooperation between representatives of public agencies, enterprises and private companies to resolve top-priority environmental issues.

The Lviv workshop was the last regional training of the project.

In July, the seminar will be held in Kyiv.

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