Abestos and POPs in Kazakhstan
Civil society and sound hazardous waste management, asbestos and POPs, in Kazakhstan
15.04.2010 | WECF Project
|Donors:||European Commission, EuropeAID; Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany|
|Partners:||EcoCenter Kazakhstan, Greenwomen Kazakhstan, University of Kassel, Germany|
|Issues:||Chemicals & Health|
|Duration:||01/2009 - 10/2010|
Kazakhstan is one of the biggest producers and consumers of asbestos. People are exposed to asbestos in their homes and livelihoods, in regions of asbestos mining and in contact with asbestos waste. There is no evaluation of diseases caused by asbestos and POPs, not even information about their dangers.
This topic is very relevant to e.g. vulnerable groups, highly exposed groups like workers, inhabitants of mining areas and waste areas because they suffer from exposure and even do not know that places where they live and work or go to school are highly dangerous for their health.
To raise awareness, provide information, educate trainers, building networks, strengthen citizens capacities and develop solution strategies to present state authorities will help to reduce the use of asbestos and POPs and clean up contaminated waste sites.
WECF in cooperation with EcoCenter, Greenwomen and the University of Kassel have convened so far a High-Level Conference on Asbestos and POPs in Astana and conducted trainings in several cities of Kazakhstan.
For more information: alexandra.caterbow(at)wecf.eu
For the project results see....
Asbestos in Kazakhstan - project results
Kazakhstan is one of the biggest producers and consumers of asbestos, but the public is hardly informed about the dangers surrounding them in daily life
20.05.2011 | Alexandra Caterbow
WECF co-organised International Expert Conference and recommends better control of hazardous substances in Russia
For the first time in Russia a public open debate was held this week to discuss the accession of the Rotterdam Convention by the Russian Federation and the issue of chrysotile asbestos
18.10.2010 | WECF news
WECF at Asia and Pacific Region Ministerial Conference in Astana, 2010 - Recommendations and Opportunities for Green Growth
Lessons on environmental challenges on uranium and asbestos mining in Kazakhstan
07.10.2010 | WECF News
CSD 18: “Asbestos – who pays the bill? WECF Lunch Event at UN Commission for Sustainable Development
Testimonies and Dialogue on Policy Recommendations” In the framework of the 18th session of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York, May 6, 2010
11.06.2010 | WECF Report
CSD 18: WECF member speaks at high level UN conference on need for global uranium mining monitoring and clean-up
WECF member Kaisha Atakhanova speaks on the need for stronger control of uranium mining
WECF Award Ceremony at CSD 18 "Uranium Mining – Clear Perspectives on a Dirty Business”
Award Ceremony and testimonies by Indigenous Peoples from uranium mining communities
27.04.2010 | WECF Invitation
Parma 2010: A small step forward on asbestos
Eastern European, Caucasus and Central Asia countries - producers and users of chrysotile asbestos – have committed to work on elimination of asbestos related diseases in cooperation with WHO and International Labour Organisation.
12.03.2010 | WECF Press Release
Parma 2010: WECF responds to attack by Russian Asbestos Industry Association
The Russian Asbestos Industry attacks WECF for promoting substitution of chrysotile asbestos, in the last days leading up to the Parma Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health
05.03.2010 | WECF Press Release
Women's Caucus presented its message to Ministers of Environment present in Bali
Today the Women's Caucus presented its message to the Ministers of Environment present at this years UNEP Governing Council and Global Ministers for the Environment Forum in Bali, Indonesia, February 23-26 2010
22.02.2010 | WECF Press Release
Un évènement historique pour WECF en Kazakhstan
Le Kazakhstan, second producteur mondial, et gros consommateur d’amiante chrysotile, a ouvert ses portes pour la première fois à un débat public sur les dangers de l’amiante pour la santé, lors d’une Conférence Internationale.
04.05.2009 | WECF France communiqué de presse