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

Final Workshop on PCBs management Takes Place in Kyiv

On July 11-13, the Ukrainian House in Kyiv hosted the fifth workshop of the GEF-UNIDO Project "Environmentally sound management and final disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Ukraine". Representatives of industrial companies, public environmental organizations and experts in the field of environmental protection, waste management and occupational safety had training aimed at awareness raising and promoting Ukraine's compliance with international obligations under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). 

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The event was organized by the State Environmental Academy of Postgraduate Education and Management of the Ministry of Ecology Ukraine. The three-day event brought together over 50 people and addressed ways to prevent and minimize health and environmental risks associated with PCBs, Ukrainian and international regulations on POPs, PCB inventory and monitoring. The UNIDO consultant Ivan Holoubek delivered a presentation on POPs in which he focused on management of hazardous substances such as PCBs and EU monitoring system for PCBs and POPs.

The Kyiv workshop was the last out of five organized in Ukraine. Previous workshops took place in Kharkiv, Dnipro, Odessa and Lviv. In total, more than 250 people attended the events.

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"It was very important for us to conduct a series of workshops on PCB-related issues. We decided to start this educational program from industrial regions of Ukraine where large quantities of polychlorinated biphenyls are stored. PCBs are one of the most hazardous substances controlled by international treaties. In 2007, Ukraine joined the Stockholm Convention, thus, the country committed itself to the final disposal of PCBs", noted Yevheniy Fedorenko, expert of the GEF-UNIDO Project" Environmentally sound management and final disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Ukraine".

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According to the Rector of the State Environmental Academy of Postgraduate Education and Management Oleksandr Bondar, the PCB issue requires support from experts who can identify all potential PCB sources and suggest feasible solutions for PCB management and disposal. The purpose of the GEF-UNIDO Project is to minimize environmental impact and ensure safe disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls. 

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