Stockholm Publishes Issue 8 of Technical Assistance Newsletter

February 2011: The Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention has released the February edition of its Technical Assistance newsletter. The newsletter includes articles on the Polychlorinated Biphenyls Elimination Network (PEN) in Panama, the 2011 PEN Awards, training on Persistent Organic Pollutant (POPs) contaminated sites, and proposals received by the Secretariat under its small grants programme (SGP).

According to the newsletter, the Secretariat has decided to fund two activities under the SGP. The first activity, submitted by the regional centre for capacity building and the transfer of technology, located in Beijing, China, involves a regional workshop to build capacity in the minimization of brominated flame retardant emissions from e-waste. The second activity, submitted by the Nominated Stockholm Convention centre in Kenya, involves a regional training workshop on integrated vector management, as an alternative to DDT for malaria control. The workshop will involve representatives from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. [Stockholm Convention newsletter]