In collaboration with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency “EEAA”, the Regional organization for Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden has organized a National Training Workshop on Industrial Emissions and Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Coastal Area of the Red Sea. The workshop took place at the Centre of Emergency Mutual Aid in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden “EMARSGA” on November 18th 2014. The workshop comes in implementation of the Regional Protocol of Protecting the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities, signed in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, September 2005; and in fulfillment of recommendations of the Regional Strategy of Cutting UP POPs Emissions in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Coastal Cities.
The workshop was attended by about 25 participants representing different national authorities and agencies concerned with environmental management in Egypt. It provided an effective platform for participants to exchange views and expertise on the subject. Several aspects of persistent organic pollutants have been discussed, including sources, effects and sound management in accordance with the Stockholm Convention.
Participants were provided with full copies of the training materials including PowerPoint presentations. The participants expressed their satisfaction with the course believed that they will be using the material they learned in their job and will be able to spread the information to more colleagues. A set of recommendations has been stipulated at the end of the workshop that would help in protection of human and environmental health and support Egypt to fulfill its commitments towards the legally binding Stockholm Convention.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden