Workshop "Sharing lessons – learned: POPs/Dioxin pollution assessment and remediation in Viet Nam” in December 2013

Aug 21, 2013

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Viet Nam is one of the fastest growing counties in the world. The industrialization and urbanization is so fast that the environmental conservation is often compromised in exchange to the economic growth. Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are one of the major concerns for environmental health to the local citizens who are unknowingly exposed. Dioxin is one of the POP chemicals listed in Stockholm Convention that Viet Nam is suffering from various sources.

Dioxin from Agent Orange (AO) is a wartime legacy specific to Vietnamese context. During the Vietnam War, Agent Orange, which contained dioxin, was used in U.S. military operations during the period of 1961-1971; this usage of these herbicides has caused the adverse effects to Vietnamese people and environment. In sprayed areas, dioxin level has decreased to acceptable level, however, in former storage areas, dioxin contamination still remains higher than national standard level.

The Government of Viet Nam has been surveying the dioxin contamination from Agent Orange since early 1990s, and recently the emission from other sources has also been studied. The target media for the dioxin assessment has now been extended from contaminated soil and sediment to water, air, aquatic life, food items, human body fluid, etc. Yet, the level of dioxin in them has not been fully understood.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved the project “Environmental remediation of dioxin contaminated areas in Vietnam”. The objective of the project is “to minimise the disruption of ecosystems and health risks for people from environmental releases of TCDD contaminated hotspots”. The activities include: the assessment of the extent and degree of dioxin contamination for both confirmed and suspicious sites in and around hotspots, the demonstration of prospective dioxin destruction technologies at practical scale to evaluate their feasibility, the containment and isolation of contaminated soil and sediment to eliminate (or at least minimize) the exposure risk to people.

The purpose of this workshop is to share experiences on POPs/Dioxin assessment, management and overcoming the consequences to partners. It also provides an opportunity for Vietnamese scientists to learn from other countries on  POPs/dioxin pollution assessment, treatment.

This announcement provides all interested parties to consider the participation to this workshop in various forms. You may submit your manuscript for presentation, may join the workshop as an active audience, or may also contribute financially to the workshop. If interested, please contact us for more detail.

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