DENR, UNIDO have been fighting pollution together for 25 years
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) recently marked 25 years of successful partnership with the implementation of the Safe Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) and E-Waste Management Project.
“For 25 years, UNIDO’s assistance in implementing environmental projects which are geared towards improving the living conditions of our communities and curbing the negative effects of environmental pollution has been very significant,” said DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Atty. Jonas R. Leones.
The project aims to protect people’s health and the environment through sound management of PCB and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) in electronic waste or e-waste.
It includes the management of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in waste electrical and electronic equipment, and PCB-contaminated equipment, PCB waste and stockpile from electronic cooperatives.
Other project components are institutional strengthening, capacity-building and awareness-raising, and project monitoring and evaluation.
Leones said that UNIDO, together with the World Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has helped the country comply with its commitment to international agreements, such as the Rotterdam Convention and the Stockholm Convention.