|Medias||Date||Details on progress of work|
|Air samples||-||X2 quotes from suppliers already received for construction of air sampling apparatus. Construction still to be done|
|Water samples||21/10/17||x2 samples already collected and x1 sample sent to Orebro University, Sweden for analysis|
|Human milk samples||03/11/2017||x12 milk samples collected and stored in the freezer from first time mothers in Port Vila|
Continuing Regional support for the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Global monitoring Plan (GMP) under the Stockholm Convention in the Pacific Region
The objective of the project is to:
- Implement the GMP for POPs according to article 16 of the Stockholm Convention on the effectiveness evaluation, by generating data on the concentrations of POPs in the core media; human milk, air and water. The activities will strengthen the national capacity to implement the Global monitoring Plan for POPs
- Develop a sustainable monitoring plan for POPs for the Pacific Region.
The activities that the Department through the Environmental Protection Division is required to do are:
- Undertake air sampling
- Water sampling
- A 6th round of the human milk survey
- sampling of major matrices of major national interest and to draft a national report presenting implementation and monitoring results and contribute to the development of a sustainable regional monitoring plan.
The water and air samples are to be collected in three (3) monthly intervals. The project began this year 2017 and should conclude in 2019. A total of 50 milk samples are to be collected in a 2 months period in 2017.