The 1st Awareness Raising Campaign on Environmental and Health Hazards of UPOPs Combined with the National Inception Workshop of "Demonstration of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) in Open Burning Practices in Response to the Stockholm Convention on POPs" Project in Vietnam

Within the framework of the Component (IV) Education and Awareness Raising of the project "Demonstration of BAT and BEP in Open Burning Practices in Response to the Stockholm Convention on POPs", the 1st Awareness raising campaign on environmental and health hazards of UPOPs combined with the National Inception Workshop was held on 4 June 2016 in Lao Cai, a city north of Vietnam. The Campaign was one of the events in World Environment Day 2016 which was organized by the Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) with the title “The Call of Nature and our Actions”. The Campaign consisted of two main parts: Project Inception Workshop and Awareness Raising session.

The event attracted 160 participants, including environmental and related officials, managers and staff from waste treatment companies, experts and scientists from universities and research centers, residential communities and journalists from Hanoi and other provinces such as Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh and Nam Dinh.

The event was aimed to achieve two main goals: firstly, to organize the National Inception Workshop to introduce the project framework to stakeholders, especially the officials from the State authorities, managers of waste treatment companies and craft village households and enterprises; and secondly, to raise awareness and understanding of BAT/BEP, open burning, Stockholm Convention, risks associated with UPOPs, GHGs and other contaminants released through open burning.

At the National Inception Workshop, the audiences were provided knowledge on four main topics, including: the Stockholm Convention and the status of implementation of the Convention in Vietnam; the project framework; current status of the legislation and the regulations on waste and landfill management, related to open burning activities that generate UPOPs and other pollutants; and a brief summary of the status of environmental pollution in some craft villages in Vietnam to the delegates. At Awareness Raising session, the workshop gave the audiences needed information on problems such as: environmental health risks caused by the effects of POPs, UPOPs due to open burning activities; a guide on classification of solid waste at source; introduction of consequences of open burning at metal recycling craft villages and BAT/BEP solutions; and information about applying science and technology to reduce environmental pollution in bronze casting villages. In the session, Effective microorganisms (EM) products were given as gift to the attendees.

The campaign created a channel for environmental communication and exchange of information in order to improve understanding and it also encouraged the community to change their attitudes and behavior. The message was conveyed successfully to the targeted audience. After the workshop, the participants have captured the information and expressed the willingness to cooperate in the future which includes the consensus of Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment on training activities and the support of Vietnam Association of Craft Villages on the pilot activities.

The participants attended the Inception Workshop

A presentation in the Inception Workshop

 

The short plays on 3Rs of Lao Cai Children Center

 

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