Persistent Organic Pollutants (Pops) Management in Georgia
Quite a quantity of old pesticides has been accumulated in the country since the Soviet times. They are kept in broken-down and obsolete storehouses and their adjacent territories. Due to the precipitation, they get into the environment (soil, surface waters, and ground waters). Certain quantity of these pesticides are Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), characteristic by the ability to be accumulated in the environment and all kinds of living beings creating threat to the human health and other living organisms. The situation is aggravated by the fact that there is no special burial sites in the country for the toxic wastes, where they would be safely disposed. It is worth mentioning that near the city of Rustavi on the mountain of Iagluji there has been a burial place since the Soviet times, which, however, does not meet any environmental requirements and needs urgent relevant measures to be carried out. The aim of Stockholm convention is to take measures for reducing or eliminating POPs releases from intentional and unintentional production and use, also the releases from existing stockpiles and wastes. Georgia is currently in the final stages of preparing its National Implementation Plan (NIP) for POPs. The NIP priority setting exercise conducted during the NIP process gave the first priority among the various POPs categories to obsolete POPs pesticides.
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