Inception meeting and workshop – Project „Review and update of the national implementation plan (NIP) for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)”

Project „Review and update of the national implementation plan (NIP) for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Montenegro” which is implemented by Center for ecotoxicological research in cooperation with Ministry for sustainable development and tourism and United Nations Environmental Programme, started with inception meeting and workshop held on 26-th and 27-th September.

Main objective of this project is review and update of the national implementation plan (NIP) for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Montenegro.

“In order to accomplish main objective of this project, we will gather all available information about current situation regarding management of POPs, as well as information about their impact on environment and human health. This is a complex project and quality cooperation is crucial for the implementation and quality of project results. The result of this workshop should be very concrete – we will determine methodology for work in the future, form working groups and working plan for update of POPs inventory”, said Nada Medenica executive director of CETI.

Pier Carlo Sandei, program manager of project at UNEP office in Vienna, thanked CETI for quick and positive reaction regarding partnership in the project, and Ministry for sustainable development and tourism for their assistance on the project, as well as colleagues from Serbia that came to share their experience in this project.

“Our role here is to help as much as possible and to try to answer to all requests from CETI and Ministry and other working groups in order to make a quality document”, said Sandei.

Ivana Vojinovic, general director of Directorate for environment said that “There are no POPs pesticides in Montenegro because we banned import, production and transit through our country”.

Project will be realized in the next two years.

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CETI co-organized training course Basic Search & Secure

From September 11 to 16-th, training course Basic Search & Secure Workshop was held in Podgorica, initiated and supported by U.S. Department Of Energy, Office of Radiological Security (Sandia National Laboratories Radiation Protection Department). Center for ecotoxicological research was co-organizer of training and logistical support to colleagues from USA.

Workshop consisted from lectures/discussions and field exercises related to search and detection of radioactive material. Field exercises were organized at CETI.

Participants on training course were from Montenegro and Kosovo. Representatives from Kosovo were from Agency for radiation protection and nuclear security, and from Montenegro participants were from Army of Montenegro, Customs, Border Police, Ministry of sustainable development and tourism, Directorate for inspection and CETI.

At the end of training, after certificate hand out, CETI received equipment for search and identification of radionuclides worth 69.480,00 $. Also agreement was made to organize Advanced Search & Secure Workshop at Kosovo, which would include field work (search, identification…).

Colleagues from USA stated that teams from Montenegro have high level of readiness for operation in these situations.


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Representatives from Kingdom of Norway embassy visited CETI

Delegation from Kingdom of Norway embassy visited CETI with aim to follow up on implementation of projects which are financed through bilateral cooperation between Kingdom of Norway and Montenegro. Delegation was lead by Mari Timenes Nordmo with colleagues Nela Jović and Sondre Hansen Eriksen.

Representatives from embassy were informed about activities and results of the project “Capacity strengthening in Montenegro in the event of incidents at sea”, whose implementation is finishing soon.

Also meeting attended representatives from Ministry of economy, Ministry of transportation and maritime (Directorate for maritime transportation and Maritime Safety Administration) and Environmental Protection Agency which are counterparts in the project.