Monitoring and Governance of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Asia
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Monitoring and Governance of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Asia

A variety of chemical compounds has been released into water from industrial and agricultural activities and urban wastes. Some of those chemicals are harmful to living organisms and are resistant to degradation, thus named persistent organic pollutants (POPs). In efforts to manage chemical pollutants such as POPs in Asia, the United Nations University (UNU) and Shimadzu Corporation established a pilot project in 1996, “Environmental Monitoring and Analysis in the East Asian Region”, to aid developing Asian countries with the knowledge and technology to analyse and monitor such pollutants in the environment. This book summarizes some highlights of monitoring results obtained by the project’s activities for 15 years, and reports the present status of the project, touching on the future development of the project by analysing challenges ahead of the project.

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Author(s):
Evangeline C. Santiago, Charita S. Kwan

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The Philippines, composed of 7,000 islands, is one of the world’s largest archipelagos. With 78,000 km2 arable farmland and 17,500 km of coastline, a large part of the estimated 90 million population of the Philippines depends on agriculture and fisheries.