Gambia | National Environmental Agency intervenes on sound Chemicals, Waste Management



Executive 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.

Momodou 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.

According 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.

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are toxic chemicals that adversely affect human health and the environment around the world. Because they can be transported by wind and water, most POPs generated in one country can and do affect people and wildlife far from where they were used and released. They persist for long periods of time in the environment and can accumulate and pass from one species to the next through the food chain,” Suwareh pointed out.

The Gambia Government in partnership with United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Mr. Suwareh revealed that Special Program Secretariat is implementing the project as part of the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), The Basel Convention on control of trans-boundary movement of hazardous wastes and their disposal, The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure and the Minamata Convention on Mercury and Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

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