The Ministry of Environment of Czech Republic, the OzonAction Programme of UNEP’s Division on Technology, Industry & Economics, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in cooperation with Research Center for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX) has organized the meeting on Review and Finalization of the draft Strategy for disposal and destruction of ODSs for LVC countries in the ECA region which is currently taking place in Brno, the Czech Republic on 26 – 28 November of 2012.
The meeting is part of the project preparation “Strategy for disposal and destruction of ODS for 4 LVC countries in the Europe and Central Asia region (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Turkmenistan)” which was approved at 65th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund in November of 2011. The main objective of the regional meeting is to discuss, review and finalize of the draft Strategy for disposal and destruction of ODSs for LVC countries in the ECA region.
The meeting has also the goal to serve as capacity building activities which assist countries in introduction of policy and other measures which can help improving maintenance and end-of-life disposal of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and introduction of procedures for environment sound management of ODSs. On Tuesday, 27 of November of 2012, participants will visit the incineration facility in Ostrava which is one of the most advanced hazardous waste incinerator in the Central Europe (it has a permit to incinerate wastes containing PCB and Freon) in order to acquire the knowledge and experiences regarding economic, financial, technical, health, environment aspects of the destruction.
The participants include NOU officers and national experts participating in the collection of the data which serves as a basis for development the project’s strategy to address stocks of unwanted ODSs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro. Representatives of implementing agencies (UNEP and UNIDO) and resource persons (Czech Republic) participated in the meeting and delivered a number of presentations.