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There is a need for greater understanding of
environmental degradation and its impact on soci-
ety, both in terms of economic welfare and human
Making the announcement yesterday was Ganga
Singh, Minister of the Environment and Water
Resources, who was speaking at the final national
workshop to support the implementation of the
Stockholm Convention in T&T, held at Capital Plaza,
The Stockholm Convention, an international envi-
ronmental treaty signed in 2001 and effective from
May 2004, aims to eliminate or restrict the pro-
duction and use of persistent organic pollutants
Singh said Cabinet had approved an integrated
waste management and resource recovery policy
which identifies the solid waste management roles
and responsibilities of national entities, including
Govt to ban 'dangerous'
the private sector.
"It defines the extent to which new legal or insti-
tutional frameworks are required, and most signif-
icantly it indicated the country is moving towards
a path to waste diversion through waste recovery
and value-added processing of former waste mate-
rial," Singh said.
Saying the production and use of chemicals play
a vital role in a country s economic development,
Singh added that chemicals had become essential to
However, there was a downside to their use.
"We remain historically aware of numerous chem-
ical accidents that remind us of the need to address
chemical safety," he said.
"We need to seriously address chemical safety
so that we can ensure that chemicals can be man-
ufactured and utilised in a sustainable manner."
As part of the Stockholm Convention, he said,
the Government was committed to protecting human
health and the environment from POPs, which are
some of the "most dangerous" chemicals owing to
their longevity, high toxicity and the ability to persist
in the environment.
Singh said his ministry, with assistance from the
UNPD, has advocated the development of a national
implementation plan which sets out how T&T would
implement the obligations under the convention.
He said this would entail eliminating the use of
pesticides and industrial chemical classified as POPs.
The Government was also taking policy and legal
measures to address the problem of environmental
pollution and solid and hazardous waste manage-
ment, he said.
Environment Minister Ganga Singh, centre, speaks with colleagues, from left, United Nations Development
Programme representative Rosemary Lall, Multilateral Environmental Agreements Unit representative
Kishan Kumarsingh, permanent secretary in the Ministry of the Environment Vidiah Ramkhelawan and
project manager Hans-Erich Schulz, after the opening of the a national workshop to support the
implementation of the Stockholm Convention in T&T at Capital Plaza, Port-of-Spain, yesterday morning.
PHOTO: MARYANN E AUGUSTE
young men charged
with kidnapping and
robbery with vio-
lence as nocturnal
predators, a San Fer-
yesterday sent them
to jail for two years.
Kristian Belasco, 20,
Steve Vialva, 24, and
Steve Bhagan, all
ed guilty to both
A 14-year-old pri-
mary schoolboy who
is jointly charged with
them pleaded not
guilty and was denied
said the accused were
intoxicated and asked
the magistrate not to
send them to jail.
"The prosecution has
painted a picture of
three young men late
at night on a well-
of criminal activity."
The crimes took
place around 12.30
am on September 5
at Elizabeth Street,
and another man
were liming when
they were approached
by Belasco, Vialva,
Bhagan and another
Thompson of a
$5,000 Apple iphone
and a $4,000 gold
band and took $500
from the other man.
They then forced
Thompson to drive to
an ATM in Marabella
and withdraw $2,500.
They left Thomp-
son there and drove
off in his Hilux.
Thompson made a
report at the Gaspar-
illo Police Station.
Thompson, PC Aneil
Bhagan and Vialva,
who were in the car,
The next day
to the Marabella
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