EA organizes workshop on Persistent Organic Pollutants and management of chemicals in Oman

Muscat: The Environment Authority organizes workshop on following up the implementation of the provisions of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and Chemicals Management in the Sultanate of Oman, aiming to strengthen the national capabilities necessary to follow up on the implementation of the provisions of this agreement and other environmental agreements related to the management of chemicals and their wastes and lasts two days.

The opening of the workshop was sponsored by His Excellency Sheikh Ghosn bin Hilal Al-Alawi, Head of the Financial and Administrative Control Authority. More than 300 experts, technicians and specialists from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and from the Arab Gulf countries, as well as the national team from the authorities, are participating in the workshop. concerned and related companies.

His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Ali Al-Amri, Chairman of the Environment Agency, said: “The workshop is an important milestone within a two-year project that began last year, through which we aim to update the national plan for dealing with persistent organic pollutants, and update the national strategy for dealing with hazardous chemicals, in fulfillment of international obligations.” to the Stockholm Convention.

He added: The Sultanate of Oman is one of the first countries to accede to the Stockholm Convention in 2005, in order to keep pace with the national legislation regulating chemicals and waste with international changes. Therefore, it is working to update its legislation as required by the public interest, with the participation of the relevant authorities through national committees that were formed to follow up and propose recommendations. Updates to achieve integrated management of these materials and waste.

He pointed out that the Sultanate of Oman pays great attention to tightening control over the entry, exit and transit of these materials through the involvement of specialists from the relevant authorities with customs specialists at the border crossings with the electronic link between those authorities, where hundreds of samples were examined in international centers and the national plan was updated. It will include a large number of chemicals that were not listed before 2008, and now it has tripled, so the national plan must be updated, and the project will be completed by the end of this year.

Walid bin Fahd Al-Hamoud, Director of the Environment Department at the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council, said: The GCC countries were the first to join environmental protection and the various environmental agreements in their general tracks, and the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries supports the Gulf in achieving the desired benefit from these agreements, and there are environmental trends It has been approved to keep pace with the requirements of the current environmental situation; 9 directions and 5 different environmental action areas that support the achievement of environmental protection in the GCC countries.

He added: There are various programs and action plans that the GCC countries are working on through the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council, including: The strategic plan that includes programs, initiatives and projects that include the management of chemicals and hazardous substances, and the number of environmental agreements has reached more than 7 agreements represented in the course of the environment and the field of wildlife. And some other agreements in the field of meteorology and the environment.

The Environment Agency works to achieve the health and environment strategy through an integrated system that includes the issuance of legislation and decisions, and the launch of various initiatives and programs, in line with the vision of the Sultanate of Oman 2040 to achieve sustainability in all sectors, given that dealing with high-risk chemicals in a sustainable manner such as chemical products, is one of the most important elements of conservation On occupational safety and health, as the Environment Agency is working on preparing an integrated national strategy for dealing with chemicals in order to achieve integrated management of all stages of production, use and safe disposal.

It is noteworthy that the interest of the Sultanate of Oman in preserving the environment is represented in mitigating environmental impacts by adopting modern methods and technology in the means of production in light of the expansion of the uses of chemicals associated with the requirements of development and various industries and their harmful effects on the environment and public health, intensifying societal awareness of the dangers of these materials and involving the citizen and the private sector. The concerned party is responsible for its significant role in mitigating these risks, with the need for neighboring countries linked to common transit ports to cooperate in strengthening and tightening control over the movement of these hazardous materials and waste across their borders. – ONA

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