EEB/ZMWG – SDPI Collaboration on Mercury
For the final research report.
Mercury (Hg), also known as quick silver poses risks not only to environment but also to human health. Its sources are quite diverse; ranging from thermometers, electric bulbs, and switches to power plants, coal fired power stations, metal smelters, gold mining and cement industry. It is also employed in some cosmetics like facial creams; and dental treatments like mercury amalgam filling. A persistent pollutant, Mercury is not limited to its source but it travels and sometimes thousands of kilometers away from the source. Mercury poses risks to environment and human health, especially of children. Early this month, 140 countries in Geneva adopted a ground-breaking, world’s first legally binding treaty on mercury, limiting the use and emission of health-hazardous mercury.
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and European Environment Bureau (EEB), Brussels, Belgium have agreed to collaborate for a joint study on assessing mercury air pollution in selected cities in the country. The contract was signed by Mr. Jeremey Wates, Secretary, EEB and Dr. Abid Qayyum Suleri, Executive Director, on behalf of SDPI. Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Project manager, and Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja, senior adviser, chemicals and sustainable industrial development, SDPI would be the focal persons for the project activities. Ministry of disaster management, Pakistan environmental protection agency (Pak – EPA), Institute of Chemical Sciences, Peshawar University, Khyber PakhtunKhawa and Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) have already extended their support for the study. SDPI has been an active founding member of international, also based in Brussels (www.zeromercury.org)
In the first phase, mercury air monitoring will be carried out with Lumex mercury analyzer, at Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore. The envisaged monitoring sites will primarily be in/outside dental clinics, light manufacturing products industry, and chlor-alkali plant. In the second phase, study would extended to other cities in the country also including cement industries, coal based power-plants, hospital incinerators brick-kilns and wastes sites.
Team Members :
*Maryam Shabbir Abbasi received her degree of Bachelors in Environmental Sciences, from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. She has worked as researcher in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Rawalpindi, National Cleaner Production center (NCPC). (firstname.lastname@example.org)
*Sehrish Jahangir has done M.Sc Environmental Sciences from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi with Environmental Chemistry as major. Presently, she is associated with SDPI, as Research Assistant and has two years of experience as a researcher. Earlier she also worked at Fatima Jinnah Women University and Ministry of Climate Change, Islamabad (email@example.com)
*Fareeha Mehmood has done Bachelors in Environmental Sciences from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. Presently, she is working as Research Assistant at SDPI and has one and half year of experience as a researcher in Energy and Environment. Earlier, she also worked at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi for one year. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
*Sadaf Nawaz Sadaf Nawaz graduated in Environmental Sciences, from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi and has worked National Cleaner Production Center Foundation, Rawalpindi and Military Hospital assisting in flood relief efforts. (email@example.com)
*Sadia Sharif holds a Master degree in education from Fatima Jinnah Women University.She had been working as Advocacy Officer at SDPI.
*Syed Waqar Ali recieved his BSC(Hons.) degree from COMSATS University of Science and Technology Islamabad.