In the framework of their continuous collaboration, PERSGA and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) organized a national training workshop on BAT/BEP and Environmental Inspection: Tools for POPs Reduction and Protection of the Coastal Zone Environment. The workshop was held under the patronage of H.E. the Environment Commissioner at ASEZA and in the presence of the Administrative Director of the Industrial Complex of Jordan Mines Company (JPMC), the PERSGA Director of Projects Management and the Director of the Industrial Inspection Directorate at the Ministry of Environment, Jordan.
About 30 specialists participated in the workshop, with representatives drawn from the industrial and maritime sectors in Aqaba, the University of Jordan, the Marine Sciences Station, NGOs and ASEZA. The workshop was facilitated by a number of national specialists from the public and private sectors in addition to the PERSGA representative. Discussions focused on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, environmental inspections of industry carried out by ASEZA, the role of the Ministry of Environment, basics and ethics of the inspection process, and collaboration between the public and private sectors for the exchange of experience and confidence building. Speakers from the Industrial Complex emphasized the mechanisms for cutting emissions at the Complex, continuous maintenance and training carried out to achieve optimum environmental protection while improving the competency and profitability of the company.
The workshop ended with a number of recommendations that involved fostering collaboration between the public and private sectors through joint projects and activities, emphasizing the importance of self inspection of the industry and introduction of new technologies that support emissions reduction and protection of the environment while improving industry performance and profitability, enabling Jordan to fulfill its commitments to international conventions.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden