Have a look at the BCRC-Caribbean’s FACT SHEET which summarizes the Potential Sources of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) that are currently listed under the Stockholm Convention. These chemicals are listed under Annexes A, B and C of the Convention and parties are expected to take measures to Eliminate, Restrict and Reduce the release of unintentional POPs, respectively. POPs are carbon-based organic chemical substances that are:
- PERSISTENT – remain intact for exceptionally long periods of time (many years);
- WIDESPREAD- become widely distributed throughout the environment as a result of natural processes involving soil, water and air;
- BIO-ACCUMULATIVE- accumulate in the fatty tissue of living organisms including humans, and are found at higher concentrations at higher levels in the food chain; and
- TOXIC- are harmful to both humans and wildlife.
Under the GEF 5558 Project, currently being executed by the BCRC-Caribbean, we are supporting eight (8) of our member Caribbean countries with the update of their POPs Inventories and National Implementation Plans (NIPs). The ongoing update of each country’s POPs Inventory will give consideration to the main potential sources identified in the fact sheet and will inform the NIP on the issues surrounding the use, sources and stockpiles of POPs.
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