The Effects of Open Burning on Human Health and Environment

Under the implementation of Outcome 4 which is entitled as “Improved  knowledge and understanding on BAT/BEP and on risks connected with U-POPS, GHG emissions and other contaminants released through open burning”of the regional project of “Demonstration of BAT and BEP in Open Burning Activities in Response to the Stockholm Convention on POPs”, the Environmental Education Department-DEE whose is a sub-contractor for component 4 has conducted a workshop on “the Effect of Open Burning on Human health and environment” . The participants of this workshop are director general, deputy director general director of the General Directorate of Knowledge and Information, Minister of Environment, national experts (resource persons), and students from four different universities,  including: University of Health, Phnom Penh International University, Svay Rienng University, and Cambodian Institute of Technology. The workshop was organized by the Department of Environmental Education, Ministry of Environment in cooperation with and under fully financial support from United Nation Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).on 04 October, 2017 at Mondulkiri Hotel and Café , Phnon Penh, Cambodia with the total participant of 60.


The objective of the workshop was to promote public awareness on the effects of open burning on human health and environment and demonstrate Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Pollution on POPs and U-POPs to students, WHO ARE THE CONDIDATES FOR THE FOR NATIONAL DEBATE ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE FINAL ROUND THAT WILL BE CONDUCTED BY DEE ON 12 OCTOBER 2017.


In the Opening Session, the welcome remarks were delivered by Mr. Chheab Buneang, DEE Director, the Ministry of Environment following by H.E. Madame Ngin Lina, Director General on the speech, which addressed to all participants that the today event was very important event to help participants mainly the students from four different universities to understand and acquire knowledge on open burning activities and its effects on health as well as environment in scientific way. In their speech, emphasized that the result of this event will contribute the crucial understanding for those students in their National Youth Debate on Environmental issue which will be conducted on 12 October 2017 organized by DEE. Besides, the knowledge from this workshop will be particular prompts to help them to share in their community as role models in order to stop open burning.


After the speech, the presentation related to BAT/BEP regional project,  the introduction of concept of unintentionally produced POPs and the introduction of effects of open burning and how to avoid open burning in Cambodia  were delivered by country’s project manager, the Dangkor landfill, and experts with POPs related issues.



After presentation, there were  question and answers session. All students were actively given question to speaker of the training.  The workshop is playing an important role for participant especially for students who will join the National Youth Debate on 12 October 2017.


The workshop on “The Effects of Open Burning on Human Health and Environment” was successfully finished and brought knowledge into the account of real practice for their the benefit of the community in the future.









introduce the overall plan and activities of the regional project to all relevant stakeholders and to share the knowledge and understanding on BAT/BEP and on the risks connected with POPs and other contaminants released through open burning activities.

The two day workshop comprised of an opening sessions by the representatives of Mayor’s Office of Ulaanbaatar City and Ministry of Environment and Tourism, followed by technical presentations on many different components of project and training presentations on methodology of calculation of waste normative and hazardous  waste management. Approximately 80 people were participated for this inception workshop. Among them 21 aim ag (province) representatives of Mongolia, officers for environment and waste management of 9 districts in Ulaanbaatar City, officers of ministries, scientist from institutes and universities and whole project team were gathered together during two days’ workshop.

During the workshop Mr. B. Badral, General Manager and Head of Mayor’s Office of Ulaanbaatar City and Mr.Ts. Tsengel, the State Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Tourism had signed on the Memorandum of Understanding for Implementation of the Project.

Throughout the workshop, participants engaged in a series of discussions on all components of the projects including project component execution schedules, monitoring, evaluation, and project management system. Furthermore, we have successfully strengthened the network of all related organizations in Mongolia which will be important for implementation of the present regional project especially to make a public awareness raising on POPs impacts to human health and environment.


Fig. 2 MOU signing ceremony