UNU-IAS is pleased to announce that the UNU-Shimadzu project Monitoring and Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Asia is being showcased at the Shimadzu Corporation booth in the Japan Pavilion during the Seventh World Water Forum currently taking place in Daegu, Republic of Korea (12–17 April 2015).
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are among the most pernicious artificial substances ever created. Whether synthesized for use in pesticides, solvents and plastics, or produced as the unwanted by-product of industrial processes, POPs have long been released into the environment by human activity. Once released, POPs persist in the environment for years, or even decades, and can be spread widely from their source by water and air.
For the purpose of establishing proper management of environmental contaminants based on scientific monitoring procedures, focusing especially on the hydrosphere, UNU and Shimadzu Corporation have been carrying out a collaborative project to strengthen research activities and support higher education regarding POPs regulated by the Stockholm Convention, particularly in developing countries in the Asian region.
For more information, please visit the Shimadzu Corporation website.