Ana-Maria Witt
Ana-Maria Witt
Topic: COUNTDOWN TO THE TRIPLE COPS: How effective has the Stockholm Convention been to rid the world of persistent organic pollutants (POPs)?
Ana-Maria Witt is a Programme Officer in the Scientific Support Branch of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions....
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Posted on 21/02/2017 10:00:20
Hi Ana-Maria
Please tell us what are the highlights of the new Stockholm report covering reduction of POPs in language for the non-expert, thank you

regards
Ed Owens, Bristol
Edward Owens (from United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Hi Ed,

Thank you for this question. 2017 marks the first extensive review of the Stockholm Convention’s effectiveness in accordance with well defined procedures: a wealth of information was considered in this evaluation, including for instance monitoring data on the presence of POPs and their trends over time in the environment and in human populations, data on production levels, use, import and export of POPs provided by parties, collected since the entry into force of the treaty.

Overall, the evaluation points to the conclusion that the Convention provides an effective framework to regulate POPs, but implementation issues do exist. Monitoring results indicate that POPs regulations are reducing environmental and human exposure. Concentrations have declined and continue to decline or remain at low levels. This is particularly true for the initial 12 POPs listed in the Convention; for the newly listed POPs, concentrations are beginning to show decreases. A limited number of observations show increases in environmental levels. Nevertheless, such local increases do not prevent concluding on the effectiveness of the Convention: measures taken to implement the Convention show their effects in terms of declining concentrations globally, in both the environment and in human populations.

For more information, please see http://chm.pops.int/Implementation/EffectivenessEvaluation/Outcomes/tabid/5559/Default.aspx. Some of the key highlights of the effectiveness evaluation findings are summarized in concise factsheets for some of the key POPs targeted by the Stockholm Convention.

Best regards, Ana