As many other developing countries, Vietnam is facing legacy problems with obsolete and POPs pesticides. In the case of Vietnam many of the former storages are emptied in a clean-up campaign and send for destruction to a modern cement kiln. But people have buried the stocks as well in the past because they did not know what to do with them. As a result the pesticides are mixed with soil and it is more difficult to collect and destruct them.
The Dutch Environmental Consultant Tauw implements a UNDP project to write a handbook with guidelines for Obsolete and POPs pesticides remediation based on the practical example of 10 pilot remediation sites.
For this assignment Tauw established in 2011 a consortium of the International HCH and Pesticides Association (IHPA), Milieukontakt International and the independent legal expert Helle Husum. The drafting of the handbook is well underway and pilot remediation has taken place on the first location: under the management of Berto Collet from Tauw a bunker with 25 tonnes of Lindane and DDT was emptied.
Boudewijn Fokke from Tauw is drafting the handbook and uses the extensive experience of John Vijgen from IHPA to review the result. Thus far the handbook contains 7 environmental management plans for the pilot remediation sites. Helle Husum writes a gap analysis of the obsolete and POPs pesticides legislation in Vietnam and Wouter Pronk of Milieukontakt writes guidelines for stakeholder involvement at local level. This in order to make sure that the local people that live close to the sites are well informed before a remediation starts, know how to minimize health risks and avoid mistakes, accidents and protests around the project.