Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Invitation: EMB Briefing for NGOs/POs on POPs* Management

We write to invite you to join a briefing by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) – POPs Project Management Office on the implementation in the Philippines of the Stockholm Convention on POPs, next Monday, 14 March 2005, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, at the training room, Air Quality Management Training Center,DENR compound.

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), as co-hub with Pesticide Action Network (PAN-Philippines) for the International POPs Elimination Project (IPEP) in Southeast Asia, has requested for the briefing to update concerned NGOs and POs about the progress of the country's efforts to reduce and eliminate POPs in line with the Stockholm Convention, and to discuss opportunities and procedures for enhancing NGO/PO engagement in the process, consistent with the principles of public involvement. We have proposed the following as agenda for the two-hour briefing:

Status of the Philippine Enabling Activity Project
Status of the draft National Implementation Plan on POPs Management and coordinating mechanism
Enhancing NGO/PO participation in the country strategy and program to reduce and eliminate POPs
Status of the non-combustion demonstration project for the destruction of PCBs
Preparation for the First Conference of Parties (COP1) to the Stockholm Convention

Hope to hear from you by Wednesday if you can make it to the POPs briefing.


Manny C. Calonzo
Secretariat, GAIA/EcoWaste Coalition
Unit 320, Eagle Court, 26 Matalino St., Quezon City
Phone: 9290376
Fax: 4364733

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