Georgia without Persistent Organic Pollutants

07 May 2014

imageFrom Left to Right: George Nikolaidis, Engineer of the Greek company Polyeco, Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia, Khatuna Gogaladze, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

7 May 2014. Tbilisi. 230 tons of Persistent Organic Pollutants will be transported from Georgia to France to be disposed in an environmentally sound manner. The initiative resulted from the joint efforts of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environmental Facility.

Minister Khatuna Gogaladze; Head of UNDP in Georgia, Niels Scott; representatives of the local municipality and non-governmental organizations visited the Iagluja dump to see the preparations works and repackaging of the pollutants.   

Persistent Organic Pollutants, or POPs, are highly toxic and long lasting substances that pose significant threat to wildlife and human health. The usage of POPs was banned in Georgia in 1975 though the last authorized uses were finally phased-out in 1980. However, the old dump sites still exist in several regions of the country. Poorly managed throughout the decades, the pollutants leak from the stock piles into the soil and water, and affect the environment and people.

UNDP, with funds from the Global Environment Facility, works with the Government and local authorities to reduce the release of POPs from the stock piles and, wherever possible, evacuate the toxic substances from the country.  

Contact Information

Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP in Georgia, sophie.tchitchinadze@undp.org, +995 599 196907 (cell)

Maia Sikharulidze, Minisry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, pr@moe.gov.ge, +995 577 343355 (cell)