January 16, 2018

Support project for chemical products in Togo

Togo - support project for chemical products

This project aims to promote public health through support for the sustainable and rationnal management of chemicals in Togo.

Overall objective of the project

Promote public health through the support of sustainable and rational chemical products management in Togo

Specific objectives

  • Raise awareness and strengthen stakeholders’ capacities on international instruments and good practice on chemical products ;
  • Support the adoption of decrees and other regulation on sustainable management of chemical products ;
  • Support the creation and operationalization of multi-actors platform.

Expected outcomes

• 3,7 million citizen are awared on dangers related to PCB exposure on environment, health and sustainable development
• Existence of reliable data on PCBs with the implementation of additional inventory covering unregistered sites by the former inventory; better health and well-being of the population by securing and decontamination of contaminated sites
• All electrical equipment of PCB are located, identified, analyzed and labelled
• The quantities of PCB are determined and related risks appreciated
• The contamination risk of soil and human by dielectric fluid are reduced
• The functioning equipment on the network are rehabilitated; energy efficiency is improved and the CO2 emission due to thermal power plants reduced
• 200 actors are awared and enforce best techniques and best practices available on environmentally sound management of PCBs;
• The regulatory framework of PCB is strengthened with the adoption and the implementation of decrees and orders ;
• A platform of multi-actors on environmentally sound management of PCB is created and operational.

Other projects carried out

ANCE-Togo is an active member of IPEN since 2003. ANCE-Togo had participated in several projects with the financial support of IPEN including the International Pops Elimination Projects. ANCE-Togo also attended as an observer several meetings of the Conference of Parties to the Stockholm Convention on POPs, Rotterdam Convention, Basel Convention on hazardous wastes, SAICM and ICC, etc. In the Framework of this project, ANCE-Togo successfully carried out the following activities. ANCE-Togo also participate to several Regional and International IPEN meetings and general assembly.

Donor: International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN, USA)

Project objectives

Overall objective

The overall goal of this project is to promote the establishment of LPCLs for dioxins, dioxin-like PCBs, PBDEs, HBCD and SCCPs that will protect health and the environment.

Specific objectives

  • Strengthen the capacities of actors
  • Advocate for stricter definition of low POP content levels in the Basel and Stockholm conventions

Expected outcomes

  • 1 Website / information on LPCL in French
  • 12 electronic newsletters broadcast
  • 1 press conferences on LPCL
  • 10 personal meeting with the Stockholm Convention focal point
  • Publication of 25 articles in major newspapers
  • Organization of 10 live radio programs and 10 television program containing information on dioxins and LPCLs for critical POPs (PCDD / F, PBDE, HBCD, SCCP);
  • At least three monthly reports on activities and their results sent to the Regional Hub.

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Donor: International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)

General objective

To promote public health and environment protection through the creation of awareness on the harmful effects of mercury

Specific objectives

  1. To inform and sensitize 3 million people on the harmful effects of mercury on human health and the environment (article 18, Convention)
  2. To organize follow up meetings with national authorities to support policy change on mercury and to encourage ratification of the Minamata Convention

Expected impacts of the project

  1. Increased capacity of understanding the harmful effects on mercury use on human health and the environment among targeted stakeholders (Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Health, parliamentarians and the public)
  2. Media pieces produced and pushed to national media at a rate of one per day, to raise public awareness
  • Increased deterrent effect on persons involved in the use and trade of mercury products, leading to reduced level of trade in these products;
  • Increased public understanding of harmful effects of mercury and importance of prohibiting its use.
  1. Active and efficient collaboration between the government and NGOs fighting against the use and trade of mercury.
    • Regional model for development of effective national public awareness on harmful effects of mercury is demonstrated and implemented.
    • Direct reduction in mercury trade through generation of positive medias.
  1. The government take important steps towards adopting an action plan on mercury
  • The national authorities understood the need to sign and ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury
  • The national authorities understood the need and mobilize resources to adopt an action plan on mercury 

Download: the project report

Donor: Secretariat of Rotterdam convention           

General objectives

Contribute to community health promotion and environment protection through the establishment of a

local surveillance system of pesticides in Togo

Specifics objectives

Dispose of reliable data on pesticides that cause health problems and/or environment in their

  1. conditions of use;

Strengthen actors capacities (local communities, ANDs and any other stakeholders) on

  1. pesticides monitoring techniques and Rotterdam convention

Raise awareness on the dangers related to the use of  dangerous pesticides formulations and

  1. promote available ecological options

Promote pesticides regulation that cause health and environment problems (banning the use

  1. and marketing in Togo and ask enrollment on PIC list by Togo)

Outcome achieved

Expected outcome 1: Reliable and coherent data of the negatives impacts of dangerous pesticides

formulations on health and environment in the central region are available and published 

Expected outcome 2: Actors capacities are strengthened

Expected outcome 3: Auto surveillance devices are set up in every central region prefecture

Expected outcome 4: Local actors of the pesticides management know the dangers related to the use of

dangerous pesticides formulations and the available ecological options are promoted in the area

 For more information, download: the report of the study on the pesticides use in the gardening in the savannas region (north of Togo) 

This project assessed the POPs situation in Togo, including the informal sector. Topics covered include identifying POPs sources and uses; describing POPs-related problems; level of awareness; existing legislation; activities of various sectors on POPs; and NGO capacity on POPs. ANCE – PAN Togo set up five regional working groups to perform interviews and research. The activity identified four warehouses as being possibly contaminated with POP pesticides, along with other sites contaminated with PCBs. Many stakeholders were unaware of the POP and the Stockholm Convention in particular. 

In addition, the report calls for an updated legal framework; studies of POP monitoring and related health impacts; and an aggressive public-awareness campaign coupled with information on ecological agricultural practices. A workshop of stakeholders informed all about the results of the study.

For more, please download: Project report 

The present project aims at better understanding impacts of pesticide use, namely POPs on human health and on the environment, public opinion regarding pesticides, viewpoints regarding other POPs present in the environment, etc in order to provide PAN TOGO with reliable advocacy/lobbying data in favour of the ratification of the Stockholm Convention on POPs.

For more, please download the report HERE

ANCE – PAN Togo organized a press conference on the need to secure sites contaminated by obsolete pesticides. The last national inventory recorded at least five such sites, including the village of Davie. The goals were to inform and raise awareness among authorities and local populations of hazards linked to POPs and contaminated sites; spark interest in these problems; and promote Stockholm Convention implementation.

For more, download the activity report HERE

Activities pictures

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