Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste

United Nations Environment Programme (22/11/2012)

Chemicals intensification of the economies An integral part of the daily life, chemicals are central to all economies Negative health effects: from acute poisoning to long term effects Environmental effects: from sensitive species to large scale life-sustaining ecosystems • Pesticide and fertilizer contamination of rivers and lakes, • Heavy metals (e.g., mercury and lead), • Pollution associated with cement and textile production, • Dioxin contamination from mining • POPs ( dioxins PCBs, DDTs) on wildlife, animals and human food sources