POPs Legacy Elimination and POPs Release Reduction Project

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From May 21, 2015 to November 21, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 12.4 Achieve environmentally sound chemical, waste management
  2. 12.6 Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices, reporting
  3. 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources

Project ID: 4833

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Technical team

  • Chemicals and Waste Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Persistent organic pollutants


  • Pesticide
  • Hazardous_chemical_waste


  • Human altered areas


  • Industrial site
  • Contaminated sites

Transformed sector(s)

  • Materials and manufacturing

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building
  • Support functions


  • Capacity building
  • Management operation
  • Technology innovation


  • Institutional capacity building
  • Technical capacity building
  • Waste management
  • Best available techniques & best environmental practices (BAT & BEP)
  • Infrastructure building

Social inclusion

  • Private sector

Gender equality

  • Women decision making

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Reduce exposure

SDG target(s)

  • 12.4 Achieve environmentally sound chemical, waste management
  • 12.6 Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices, reporting
  • 12.2 Sustainably manage, efficiently use natural resources

Conventions and protocols

  • Stockholm Convention (POPs)

Private sector(s)

  • Large corporations

Hot topic

  • Health
  • Public-private partnership

About this project


The objective of the project is to protect human health and the environment globally as well as locally through addressing POPs legacies including elimination of POPs Pesticide and PCB stockpiles, and initiating clean up of associated POPs and chemical pollutant contaminated sites, as well as dealing with longer term PCB phase out consistent with the country's Stockholm Convention obligations, reducing U-POPs release in major industrial sectors , and providing targeted institutional, regulatory and technical capacity strengthening, all within a sound chemicals management framework. The project is directed by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. It will meet this objective by eliminating a large POPs pesticide stockpile consisting of 3,000 t of pure HCH and associated high concentration POPs waste and at least 350 t of PCB stockpiles as well as supporting assessment, cleanup and monitoring of priority POPs contaminated sites involving representative range of site contamination situations, remediation approaches and clean-up financing modalities.. The project will also demonstrate the sustainable treatment of up to 150 cross contaminated PCB transformer units by means of de-halogenation technologies, will provide technical assistance for setting up a national plan for treatment of PCB contaminated transformers, and will provide technical assistance for the establishment of BAT/BEPs among priority U-POPs emitting sectors Additionally the project will support the qualification of needed hazardous waste infrastructure and national technical capability for the ongoing management of POPs and other chemical hazardous wastes as well as supporting the strengthening of institutional and regulatory capacity within an overall chemicals management framework.


Protection of health and environment through elimination current POPs legacies, ensure longer term capacity to manage POPs into the future consistent with international practice and standards, and integrate POPs activities with national sound chemicals management initiatives.

USD $7,093,400

Grant amount

USD $17,980,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Source(s) of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($7,093,400)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Ministry of Environment and Urbanization

Joint agencies

  • UN Industrial Development Organization

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POPs Legacy Elimination and POPs Release Reduction Project