Workshop on Environmentally Sound Management of Mercury Containing Lighting Sources
July 16, 2019
Auditorium at Department of Environment, Dhaka, Bangladesh
CFLs contain toxic mercury with glass and other metal substances. Mercury is a serious threat to human health. If the CFLs are disposed improperly, crushed or broken, it may release mercury into the environment. Mercury can also affect human food chain. There are high damage costs associated with mercury contamination, so proper initiatives are required to mitigate the negative impact and health hazards of mercury release into the environment.
In this backdrop, a consultation workshop was held in July 16, 2019 in the auditorium of the Department of Environment (DoE) in Dhaka. The Department of Environment (DoE) under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of Bangladesh (GoB) with the assistance from UNIDO took the initiative to address the issue of environmentally sound management of mercury containing lighting sources with a life cycle approach for Bangladesh in accordance with the Minamata and Basel Convention.
The workshop was graced by Dr. Billal Hossain, Additional Secretary of the Local Government Division as chief guest, Dr. A. K. M. Rafique Ahamed, Director General, DoE as Chair, Mr. Gabriela Eigenmann, Minamata Policy Expert, UNIDO as guest of honor, Mr. Derek George, Deputy Head of Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland as guest. Mr. Masud Iqbal Shameem, Project Director gave a welcome speech.
Waste Concern Consultants (WCC) has served as a consultant to carryout three major tasks under the project, which are i) develop a draft guidelines for sound management of mercury containing lighting sources ii) preparation of a management plan and iii) project proposal for implementation of the plan.
Mr. A. H. Md. Maqsood Sinha and Iftekhar Eneyetullah, Managing Partners of Waste Concern Consultants gave a power point presentation on the guideline on CFL and Mercury containing lighting sources and the management plan. Dr. Tanvir Ahmed, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering , BUET presented the report on Minamata Assessment report of Bangladesh. The workshop was attended by more 50 participants from relevant stakeholders representing both private sectors, government and research bodies.