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IP069: Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Antarctic

ATCM XXXII and CEP XII 2009, Baltimore, United States

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IP069: Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Antarctic

Summary:

At CEP 8 (ATCM XXXI), the Committee noted that the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (2001) had requested a review of information on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Antarctic Region. During the discussion SCAR offered to provide this information to the Committee. The newly formed SCAR Action Group on Environmental Contamination in Antarctica undertook this task under the leadership of Prof. Roger Fuoco, Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy, and Prof. Gabriele Capodaglio, Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Università Ca’ Foscari – Venezia, Italy. This review of information is an update of the material presented in the United Nations Environment Programme Report of 2002, entitled ‘Regionally Based Assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances. Antarctica Regional Report’.

ATCM - Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
CEP - Committee for Environmental Protection
32th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
06 Apr 2009 - 17 Apr 2009