According to bank documents, the project objective is to improve the management and disposal of targeted stockpiles of obsolete pesticides, including Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCBs), in an environmentally sound manner.
This additional financing will add a new component (Component 3) to the parent project, in the amount of (US$ 0.75 million), and make a one-time procurement of capital goods to enable (a) the collection of manual, filter-based fine particle air pollution from the Greater Cairo Area (GCA) and (b) chemical speciation analysis of the collected samples at Cairo University Center for Environmental Hazards Mitigation (CEHM) or possibly at the central laboratory of residue analysis of pesticides and heavy metals in food (QCAP). This will support the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) in the development, adoption and implementation of an Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) for the GCA. While the EEAA has made significant progress in understanding the baseline levels of air pollution in Egypt, and in the GCA specifically, there remains a critical challenge of understanding the key emission sources and economic sectors that contribute to the observed levels of air pollution. In order for government to develop programs to address the high burden of health impacts associated with air pollution - specialized equipment is needed to enable the chemical speciation described above.
Craig M. Meisner
Senior Environmental Economist
Senior Environmental Specialist
Arab Republic of Egypt
Ms. Seham Abdel Raki
General Director for International Financing Organizations
Egypt Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)
Elham Refaat Abdel-Aziz
Hazardous Substances Department Manager
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