Webinar Session on: "Outcomes of the global workshop to address remaining challenges for total phase-out of methyl bromide in developing countries”, 23-25 February 2014, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt", Tuesday 8 April 2014, at 14:00 CEST (GMT+02:00)

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As the methyl bromide (MB) phase-out deadline approaches, it is critical to address the prevailing challenges and thus ensure A5 countries readiness for MB Phase-out by 1st Jan 2015. It is important to evaluate existing strategies and tactics, and to implement control measures to enable complete phase-out to happen. It is significant to discuss and address the underlining issues via available forum such as this webinar. By evaluating the current challenges and persistent areas of difficulty for full adoption of proven alternatives for some applications if any, the participating experts will fill in gaps between the capacity of A-5 countries including their applicable policies and regulations and the efficiency and cost of alternatives. This way, A5 Countries will be more prepared for MB phase-out by 1st Jan 2015.

Building-up on the agenda, this webinar session facilitated by Khaled Klaly and Florence Asher, UNEP OzonAction CAP / ROA and ROWA, will address the following topic: 
- Global Policy and Technical Workshop on Methyl Bromide “Towards a successful total phase out: Approaches and Challenges” ( Sharm El- Sheikh, 23-25 Feb); Overview of the Objectives and main Outcomes, Mr. Khaled Klaly and Ms. Florence Asher, UNEP OzonAction CAP / ROWA and ROA 
- "Issues and Challenges of MB phase out in the Soil sector and QPS", Prof. Mohammed Besri 
- "Towards a Sustainable MB phase out in the Postharvest applications", Prof. Mohammed Shazali


Khaled KlalyKhaled Klaly, Policy and enforcement officer, OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme, UNEP Regional Office for West Asia. Supports countries in the region in meeting their obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer through promoting policies and actions that facilitate the adoption of environmentally friendly alternatives at the national and regional levels. He Supports countries in developing, improving, adopting and enforcing Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) legislation, policies and licensing system to control and monitor ODS trade; Identifies and support countries in non-compliance, to return to compliance and ensure its sustainability; Assists countries in identifying, developing and implementing ODS phase out projects and activities.

Florence Asher

Florence Asher, Programme Officer for Methyl Bromide Phase-out, OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme, UNEP Regional Office for Africa. She has over 18 years of experience working in a wide range of environmental management areas such as ozone layer depletion, chemicals management, climate change, biodiversity, waste water, and potable water treatment.  As well as in the production of polymers and vast chemical products and a wealth of experience in methyl bromide alternatives in the agricultural soil fumigation, post-harvest, structural and quarantine and preshipment sectors. Having been involved in the horticulture/floriculture and post-harvest industries for more than a decade, she has vast experience in both MB-dependent and –independent horticultural/floricultural production and post-harvest handling systems. Prior to joining UNEP, she served in various capacities in both the public and private sectors.  Florence has co-authored several books and video documentaries on methyl bromide alternative technologies. 

Prof Mohammed BesriProf. Mohammed Besri, is co chair of the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee (MBTOC) and member of the Technology and Economic. Assessment Panel (TEAP). He is consultant for many international organisations and visiting professor to many foreign universities. Has been awarded the medal of National merit by the King Mohammed VI for his contribution to the Moroccan agricultural development. Is Academician, member of the Moroccan Academy of Sciences and technology.

Prof Mohammed ShazaliProf. Mohammed Shazali, Ph.D. (Postharvest Entomology), Faculty of Science, University of Reading, U.K.; M.Sc. DIC. (Applied Entomology), Faculty of science, Imperial College, University of London,  U.K.;  B.Sc. Hon.( KRT Agric) Crop Protection, Faculty of Agriculture University of Khartoum Sudan. Joined the Agricultural Research Corporation in 1967 and retired in 2006. Specialization: Postharvest Grain Storage Systems and Pest Management. Executed many projects on the improvement of food grains storage systems at farm and commercial levels. Responsible for the evaluation of Phosphine generating products ‘different trade names” regarding dosages and exposure periods for  fumigating different durable commodities. Granted scientific fellowship visits, in grain storage pest management, on ways and means to control storage insects particularly proper Phosphine fumigation and high pressure carbon dioxide treatment in different laboratories in: USA, U.K., Germany, India and Japan etc… A Freelance consultant. Currently the national consultant for the Sudan Ozone Unit” SOU”   at the Department of environment Ministry of Industry, Sudan.

Webinar Details

Date: Tuesday 8 April 2014 | Time: 14:00 PM CEST (GMT+02:00)
Paris (France)           Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 14:00:00     CEST        UTC+2 hours
Manama (Bahrain)    Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 15:00:00      AST          UTC+3 hours
Nairobi (Kenya)         Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 15:00:00      EAT          UTC+3 hours
Panama (Panama)   Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 07:00:00      EST          UTC-5 hours
Bangkok (Thailand)   Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 19:00:00      ICT           UTC+7 hours
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Related Information

 Click here to access the recorded version of the webinar. [available for registrants]

 TEAP - Evaluation of 2013 Critical Use Nominations for Methyl Bromide and Related Matters - Final Report

 Phasing-out Methyl Bromide in Developing Countries: A success story and its challenges - This booklet addresses the efforts undertaken to phase-out Methyl Bromide in developing countries, the lessons learned and what is pending to reach final phase-out. It further analyses factors that may impact or put at risk the continuity of the phase-out and possible ways to mitigate them. It aims to promote the south-south and north-south-south cooperation, facilitate information exchange on advanced technologies for materials, varieties, rootstocks, etc. and raise awareness on risk of reversibility of MB uses and encourage policy to avoid it happening.