Egypt-World Bank project disposes 1500 tons of chemicals, improves health of 3.1 m people

Egypt-World Bank project disposes 1500 tons of chemicals, improves health of 3.1 m people
بقلم Marwa Nassar - -

The World Bank, through the Sustainable Persistent Organic Pollutants Management Project, has successfully disposed of 1500 tons of hazardous chemical stockpiles in 80 locations spread across Egypt and contributed to improving health conditions of 3.1 million people in the period between 2014 and 2021.

The disposed chemical materials comprise obsolete pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls. In addition, to helping the country meet its international obligations under the Stockholm Convention, the project significantly improved the environmental quality and the health of 3.1 million people who lived around these areas.

The project contributed to improving health conditions of 3.1 million Egyptian population which also included low income and poor communities and improved environmental governance by establishing a robust monitoring and tracking system for obsolete pesticides (Ops) and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), contributing to the objectives of the Country Partnership Framework for 2015-19.

Between 2014 and 2021, the project achieved the disposal of 1082 tons of Obsolete Pesticides (OPs) from 65 locations across Egypt in addition to the decontamination of 418 tons of PCB oils from electric transformers

The project also contributed to reducing health risks and improving health of about 3.1 million people (about 50 percent women) living around OP storage and PCB contaminated electric transformers

It also established a monitoring and tracking system for effective management of POPs and other hazardous chemicals in Egypt.

The project also built capacity of Ministries of Agriculture and Electricity in the management, treatment and disposal of OPs and PCB contaminated oils.

The project was funded by a grant from the World Bank-administered Global Environmental Facility (GEF) trust fund in the amount of $8.10 million, and from the Pollution Management & Environmental Health (PMEH) trust fund in the amount of $750,000.

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