Recent activities by the UNU-Shimadzu project Monitoring and Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Asia were featured in a Shimadzu Journal article tiltled “Global Monitoring of POPs in Asian Coastal Region and International Conference of Asian Environmental Chemistry (ICAEC) 2014 in Thailand”.
Various substances, which contain pollutants emitted from industry, agriculture and households, are dissolved in the water around us. In particular, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) become condensed through the food chain and consequently accumulate within organisms, which can lead to adverse effects on ecosystems and human health. Humans, at the top of the food chain are inevitably exposed to POPs through our domestic environment.
In order to establish proper management of environmental contaminants based on scientific monitoring procedures, focusing on the hydrosphere, UNU and Shimadzu Corporation have been carrying out a collaborative project on strengthening research activities and supporting higher education regarding POPs regulated by the Stockholm Convention, particularly for developing countries in the Asian region. The first 5 phases of the project have been completed over the past 17 years, and the project has entered its 6th phase.
Phase 6 of the project focuses on strengthening and encouraging efforts to reduce perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in environmental waters in Asian countries. The project presented its activities on the first half of Phase 6 at ICACE 2014 in Thailand in November 2014, and the journal article outlined results obtained thus far in Phase 6.