Workshop on environment protection held in Aden & Mukalla [Archives:2003/01/Local News]

January 6 2003

The General Authority for Environment Preservation (GAEP) organizes on 5-6 January 2003 a two-day workshop in coordination with the UN Environment Program.
The workshop is to discuss Polychlorinated Phoenix (PCBs), Dioxins, Furans and other elements, which are considered as of the organic materials included in Stockholm International Organization for Fixed Organic elements POPs that Yemen signed on the 5th December 2001. These materials (12 compounds) contain chlorine and are known to resist decaying in different mediums whether air, water or soil for many years. Also they have a bioaccumulation nature and can cause cancer, extreme allergy or defect the immunity system of human beings.
Specialists from Aden, Lahj, Abyan, Al-Dhali’h and Taiz will participate in this workshop, which was inaugurated by a number of state personalities. Eng. Salmeen Abood Al-Me’ari General Secretary of the local council in Aden and Dr. Jamal Al-Lawzi head manager of the GBEP Aden Branch, the national coordinator of Stockholm agreement and Mr. Fadhel Naser Saif general manager of the Environment and Tourism Ministry’s Office in Hadramot all delivered speeches regarding the issue, emphasizing on the importance of taking this topic seriously, considering the dangers of organic materials on the environment. Dr. Al-Lawzi informed the Yemen Times that this workshop aims to spread environmental awareness among those who work with organic materials. Indicating that the workshop comes in alignment with the national execution plan to eliminate organic materials that the country started working on since September 2002, and is planned to end in August 2004. He added that the Global Environment F…. (GEF) sponsors the plan and signed an agreement with Yemen saying so on 5th December 2001.
It is worth noting that a similar workshop has been concluded recently in Al-Mukalla organized by the same parties and in which more than 25 people participated in. In that workshop, the Stockholm agreement was discussed beside general information about the organic material and their dangerous effects on man and the environment.