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News Archive » Training on New POPs in Algiers

Training on New POPs in Algiers

18th July 2012 | Updated: 13th November 2012

The CPRAC, in collaboration with the Algerian National Technology Centre for Cleaner Production (Centre National des Technologies de Production plus Propre -CNTPP) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) organized the seminar “Controlling newly listed Stockholm Convention POPs” from 27th to 28th June 2012 in the Safir Mazafran Hotel in Algiers. This activity was financed through the Small Grant Project Proposal from the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention in response to the proposal submitted by the CPRAC for the organization of a training on Import/export of POPs in Algeria.

50 local participants, two International experts and two CPRAC representatives attended to the workshop. Participants were from ministries of environment, trade, transport, energy, health, industry and agriculture, from the Police, and the Customs headquarters, from medico legal laboratories and from the national companies of petrol and electricity and gas.

The specific objectives of the workshop were to tailor the existing training materials on POPs and other hazardous chemicals for custom officials; to raise the awareness of the officers involved in the Custom services about the provisions of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions; to improve knowledge of the customs officers on POPs and provisions of the Conventions concerning trade by providing them with the tools to combat illegal trafficking of POPs; and to promote the information sharing and discussion among the government, custom officers, and other stakeholders.

The training workshop was very interactive; participants were very interested in the guidance presented and customs agents were especially keen on sharing their personal experience of the control of POPs.



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