Capacity Development and Training
Example Project: Regional Capacity Building Program for Risk Management of POPs in South East Asia
Hatfield Consultants were contracted by the World Bank to provide technical guidance, build capacity and support countries in South East Asia in meeting their commitments to the Stockholm Convention. The Convention focuses on the management and elimination of 23 Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) including pesticides, industrial chemicals, and unintentional by-products from combustion and chemical processes.
As a means of supporting South East Asian countries in delivering their National Implementation Plans, the Regional Capacity Building Program encouraged participating countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, and Thailand) to identify ways of sharing knowledge and collaborate on regional and transboundary issues such as cost-effective disposal options, testing and analytical capacities, and acceptability of sampling and testing protocols and methods for removing POPs from contaminated sites. Three regional workshops were held for participating countries with invitations also extended to China, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and Viet Nam. The regional workshops allowed countries to address common issues, learn from international examples of POPs management and build a network of support.
In addition to facilitating and organizing the workshops, Hatfield’s team of specialists worked directly with each national implementing partner to complete human health risk assessments and build capacity of end-users to analyze data for informed decision making. To further improve knowledge exchange and support, Hatfield developed an online POPs toolkit to guide further assessment, host Standard Operating Procedures for site prioritization, field sampling, and risk management (www.popstoolkit.com).