Training on Handling and Operating of Isokinetic Stack Emission
PERSGA in collaboration with the General Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME), and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu; organized a national training workshop on "Handling and Operating of Isokinetic Stack Emission Sampling Systems" during the period 10th – 14th of September 2011.
This training comes within the framework of implementation of the regional project "Promotion of strategies to reduce unintentional production of POPs in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden coastal zone" which is implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
This workshop aimed at training national specialists from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on handling and operating of the isokinetic sampling system, and prepare a qualified team who will collect samples to be analyzed for dioxins and furans.

The training was attended by 6 specialists from PERSGA and PME, as well as the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu. The training included a desk indoor training, that was carried out at PERSGA headquarter in Jeddah and included theoretical lectures to introduce the isokinetic system and stack emission sampling requirements and techniques, in addition to the calculations related to the sampling process. And a practical field work –that was carried out at YANPET Company at Yanbu industrial city, included a practical training on handling the system and collecting stack emission samples, in addition to sample handling and system cleaning before and after sampling process.

Collection and Processing of Environmental Samples for Determination of PCDD/Fs

PERSGA has organized a regional training workshop on "Collection and Processing of Environmental Samples for Determination of PCDD/Fs" during the period 27th – 31st of March 2010.The workshop was carried out in Cairo – Egypt in collaboration with the Central Laboratory of residue analysis of pesticides and heavy metals in foods – Ministry of Agriculture.
This training comes in the framework of implementation of the regional project "Promotion of strategies to reduce unintentional production of POPs in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden coastal zone" which is implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Twelve participants from the member countries have been trained by a group of experts in the field of collection and analysis of environmental samples from the Ministry of Agriculture and Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency. The workshop included theoretical and practical sessions on the ways of collecting and processing of various air, water and soil samples, preparing them for the analysis of dioxin and furan content. It also included field trips, during which training on various methods and tools used in the collection of environmental samples has been performed.

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Preparation of inventories of POPs using toolkits approved by Stockholm convention
National Training Workshop on Preparation of Inventories of Persistent Organic Pollutants Using the Toolkits Approved by Stockholm Convention
In collaboration between the General Presidency of Meteorology and Environmental Protection “PME”, and the Regional Organization for the Conservation of Environment of the >Red Sea and Gulf of Aden “PERSGA” a national workshop has been organized on "Preparation of Inventories of Persistent Organic Pollutants Using the Toolkits Approved by Stockholm Convention". The workshop took place at PERSGA headquarter in Jeddah during the period 21st - 22nd Rajab 1431 H, 3rd - 4th July 2010.
The workshop aimed at training national specialists from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the preparation of inventories of persistent organic pollutants using the toolkits approved by the Stockholm Convention. It has been attended by specialists from PERSGA, PME, and several other stakeholders including ministries, universities and relevant authorities.
Organization of the workshop comes within the framework of implementation of the regional project "Promotion of Strategies to Reduce Unintentional Production of POPs in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Coastal Zone" implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The workshop included lectures introducing the Stockholm Convention, persistent organic pollutants, as well as the standard toolkit for estimation of the emissions of POPs in general, and focusing on dioxins and furans. It also included practical training on the preparation of inventories of the emissions of POPs and the environmental and socio-economic impact of these pollutants and their effects on human health was also included.

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Using BAT/BEP in Reducing UP-POPs in PERSGA Region
A regional workshop has been organized at PERSGA headquarters in Jeddah during the period 23rd – 25th Rajab 1431 H, 5th – 7th July 2010 to train trainers on the use of best available techniques and best environmental practices to reduce the emissions of UP-POPS. The workshop comes in the framework of the regional project *"Promotion of strategies to reduce unintentional production of POPs in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden coastal zone" funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by PERSGA in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Partner countries in the project are Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Yemen in
Based on Annex C of the Stockholm Convention, POPs inventories have been developed specifically for the coastal zones of the participating countries in the previous stage of the project, then priority locations for BAT/BEP implementation have been identified. The main objective of BAT/BEP implementation would be to achieve meaningful release reductions of the Annex C POPs releases as requested by Article 5 of the Stockholm Convention associated with socioeconomic benefits.
The regional training workshop has been attended by 10 experts from the participating countries. It aimed at providing an insight on the BAT/BEP options for the selected industries, the potential release routes and recipients of the UP-POPs and proposed methodology to develop specific public awareness activities for those who might be exposed to the these chemicals. The participants have got the necessary qualifications to train more specialists in their countries in the framework of implementing the regional project.
The workshop included lectures introducing BAT/BEP, public awareness and Stockholm Convention training tools, designing of environmental monitoring programs and socio-economic impact assessment and health effects associated with the management of POPs. In addition, national teams of experts who will be participating in the preparation of national strategies for the introduction of BAT and BEP have been identifies. These will work closely with the project on the assessment and reduction of UP POPs emissions in the activities previously identified in the inventories of participating countries. They will also help in identifying the necessary monitoring and socioeconomic impact assessment activities.

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