Characterisation project on POP

Emgrisa collaborates with United Nations on the identification of POP in Trinidad and Tobago

Published 14/09/17

Emgrisa has been awarded the project of evaluating sites potentially contaminated by Persistent Organic Pollutants, POP, in Trinidad and Tobago.

These works are included in a project called ‘Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POP in the Caribbean’, promoted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which together with the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean Region (BCRC-Caribbean) manage the funding provided by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). Specifically, Emgrisa is participating in the project component focused on the evaluation of potentially contaminated sites and the determination of the level of conditions of them.

The project has a duration of eight months and centres in one of the urban solid waste landfills of the state-owned Trinitese company SWMCOL. The scope of the service provided by Emgrisa includes: the detection of pesticides (POP) historically employed on the island in the landfill and its environment, by collecting samples of soils and/or residues, sediment and leachate in several field campaigns. Additionally, an assessment of environmental risks and, where appropriate, the identification of feasible remediation measures will be completed.

With this new project, Emgrisa continues to collaborate with various agencies of the United Nations and other institutions in projects of environmental development at an international level.


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