|FAO meeting on obsolete pesticides|
in the former Soviet Republics
On 12 April 2012 the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a press release on the deal that had been worked out to manage the large quantities of obsolete pesticides stockpiled in twelve former Soviet Union republics. The deal involves investment from the European Union (EU) and the FAO in a hazardous waste management.
Nearly have of the world's obsolete pesticides are stored in the twelve former Soviet republics that agreed to participate in this deal. These pesticide stockpiles are located in thousands of unprotected sites that pose a threat to human health and the environment. The twelve countries include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. Over the next four years, the EU and FAO will invest €7 million to assist these countries in building a management system to reduce the pesticides and ensure that they are not built-up in the future.
This deal is part of the EU's new Neighbourhood Policy in which the EU will "continue to pursue a higher level of environment protection with its eastern partners and be committed to combat environmental degradation." The EU is contributing €6 million to the initiative, and FAO, which is the implementing agency is providing an additional €1 million. Other NGOs will be brought in to assist with the clean up and maintenance including: WHO, UNEP, international NGOs such as the Green Cross and the International HCH and Pesticide Association as well as the private sector.