Experts of the Caspian Environment Programme determine "Priority
Pollution Sources in the Caspian Sea"
The Caspian Centre for Pollution Control (one of the 12 Caspian Environment Programme
thematic centres) will hold a 2-day workshop in Baku on 5-6 December, attended by
specialists from state environmental committees and research institutions from all
5 Caspian countries. The Azerbaijani NGOs engaged in pollution monitoring and
information analysis are also invited to participate in the event.
The Caspian Centre for Pollution Control has been engaged for the past two and half
years in investigating the sources of pollution of the sea and their causes. This effort
is part of the overall CEP programme that should result in agreement by the 5 states on
the means to jointly improve management of the Caspian environment.
The workshop will discuss the relative importance of the many pollution issues,
including discharges to the sea of inadequately treated sewage, oily waste water,
persistent pollutants such as metals, pesticides and radioactivity and lated environmental
problems. The most appropriate means of controlling pollution will be discussed, not only
waste treatment, but also the introduction of cleaner production technologies, which will
lower the health risk. The analysis of causes and results of pollution will then be an
important input to the overall analysis of the environmental management of the sea,
development of the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis*, National Action Plans
and Strategic Environmental Action Plans.
As part of the future collaboration in assessing and reducing pollution, the Pollution
Control Centre proposed the establishment of a comprehensive set of reference
laboratories, which will ensure that information is based on common standards. A short
presentation will be made on their proposals, as well as a presentation of Ecotox (World
Bank trust project) on the interim results of a study into the toxic effects of pollution
on higher predators such as sturgeon, bony fish and seals.
Having identified the most important sources of pollution, CEP will recommend means to
reduce them and will assist the states to agree on an integrated pollution reduction plan.
Arne Yensen, the Caspian Environment Programme, CRTC for Pollution Control, Caspian
Inspection Building, 3 Hudu Mamedov St., Baku, Azerbaijan
Phone / Fax: + (99412) 472788, 472788
Elina Farmanova, the Caspian Environment Programme, Programme Coordination Unit, Room
108, Government Building, 40 Uzeir Gadjibekov Street, Baku 370016 Azerbaijan,
Phone: + (99412) 97 17 85, 93 80 03
Fax: + (99412) 97 17 86