- July 30, 2018
Gambia | National Environmental Agency intervenes on sound Chemicals, Waste Management
Director of the National Environment Agency (NEA) has disclosed that chemicals
are important determinants for sustainable development, sound environmental
health and quality life, as they are used in all human activities including
agriculture, health, energy production, manufacturing, services and residential
that contributes to improving quality of life. He however also raised concerns
about their harmful effects on workers, consumers, the environment and society
at large through exposure.
Jama Suwareh made the statement recently held at a local hotel during a
consultative meeting for National Assembly Select Committee on the Environment.
The meeting dilated on Institutional Capacity Building for the Implementation
of the Multi-lateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) such as the Stockholm,
Rotterdam, Basel, Minamata Conventions and the Strategic Approach to
International Chemicals Management (SAICM). He further stated that accidental
releases from the distribution, consumption and disposal of chemicals might
permanently damage soil, water and air.
to the NEA boss, the purpose of the cross learning convergence is to thoroughly
scrutinize and discuss the project activities and the roles and
responsibilities of National Assembly Members during implementation. “The
Stockholm Convention is a legally binding international instrument, designed to
lead to gradual decrease in the presence of persistent organic pollutants on
the environment. The Gambia is a party to the Stockholm Convention.