This capacity-building project provides ten developing countries in Asia with the scientific knowledge and technology to monitor persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the environment. With technical assistance from Shimadzu Corporation, the project has been implemented since 1996 by UNU-IAS (and previously by the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace, UNU-ISP).
In August 2012 UNU and Shimadzu agreed to continue the project and established its Sixth Phase, which will be carried out from November 2012 to October 2015. The current three-year phase of the project was confirmed by UNU and Shimadzu at a signing ceremony on 12 November 2012 at UNU headquarters in Tokyo. UNU-IAS will maintain the original objective of the project: strengthening national capacities for chemical analysis and monitoring. In addition to this, the project will now aim to contribute to the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements such as the Stockholm convention.
Shimadzu Corporation contributes to this project by providing laboratory equipment, liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS), and technical training for chemical analysis using this equipment for the countries participating in the project. With this equipment and technical support, the participating countries will carry out PFC analysis in water samples from rivers and coastal areas in the Asia-Pacific region until August 2014, following ISO 25101 water quality. Based on the research results from the first year, UNU-IAS plans to lead participating countries to produce and submit a report of their research results to the Stockholm Convention Secretariat, aiming to support the conference of parties (COP) to evaluate the continued need for PFOS, its salts and PFOS-F.