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Women in Europe for a Common Future will be present in Kazakhstan during Conference in Astana

Women in Europe for a Common Future will run a side event on September 28th

27.09.2010 |




Uranium and asbestos mining is very dangerous to health. The effects of these products destroy our environments, buildings and create health hazards on surrounding properties and wildlife areas. The environmental impacts of uranium mining and milling activities are severe. These impacts range from the creation of massive stockpiles of radioactive and toxic waste rock and sand-like tailings to serious contamination of surface and ground waters with radioactive and toxic pollutants, and releases of conventional, toxic and radioactive air pollutants.

WECF’s representatives will be lecturing on these topics such as the Soviet legacy of hazardous uranium and asbestos mining activities, Environmental challenges on two sessions.
 
WECF will prepare two sessions for the side event: “Hazardous Mining Practices: lesson learning and environmental challenges on uranium and asbestos mining in NIS countries” and “For a Safe Future: international and national green approaches and practices on uranium and asbestos mining”. One can find a short description of both sessions below.

Session one:
“Hazardous Mining Practices: lesson learning and environmental challenges on uranium and asbestos mining in NIS countries”
Our representatives - Goldman Environmental Prize recipients O. Speranskaya, IPEN, Russia, and K. Atakhanova, EcoForum NGO RK, Kazakhstan , PhD, V. Korotenko, scientist and NGO leader, NGO “BIOM” Kyrgyzstan, will be giving lectures on the challenges of these harmful products to the environment. They will also explain the health and safety issue, environmental responsibility and the dangers of living in a mining environment.
Also, give precautions and recommendations on how these life threatening substances should be eradicated from the masses.

Session two
“For a Safe Future: international and national green approaches and practices on uranium and asbestos mining”.
In this faze the issue of international approaches and practices in mining, the green mechanism, the national and international approaches, including legal and financial approaches on the national level will be discussed. The eminent speakers are Sascha Gabizon, Executive Director of WECF – Women in Europe for a Common Future (Germany), Goldman Environmental Prize recipient, O. Speranskaya (IPEN, Russia), PhD Amina Beibitova, scientist and national expert on PCB UNDP\GEF, NGO, Kazakhstan).


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