Pollution Info Sessions – Education on problems and solutions

New Pollution Info Sessions Series Launches With Global Experts Offering Solutions Every Two Weeks

Announcing the launch of the GAHP’s Pollution Info Sessions–a new series of 30-minute educational interactions in which experts from around the globe will present technical solutions to pollution problems, followed by a Q&A.

  • Pollution Info Sessions will take place every second Thursday of the month at the same time (8 a.m. EST).
  • Each presentation in the series will be recorded and made accessible on GAHP’s new YouTube channel, and linked to this page (see below).
  • Check the events page for a schedule of upcoming Pollution Info-Sessions.

How to Attend Pollution Info Sessions:

Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
International: +1 (571) 317-3117
Access Code: 945-502-973

Need help? Have a suggestion?

Contact Lucie at lucie@pureearth.org:

  • If you have any difficulties accessing the GoToMeeting session.
  • If you need a PDF of the presentation to follow along using just the phone line.
  • If you have a solution or pollution topic you’d like to share or learn more about.

Watch Previous Pollution Info Sessions Here:

Pollution Info Session # 1 – How to Remediate Lead Contaminated Sites

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017, 8:00 a.m. EST
Presenter: Mr. John Keith

This session introduces the different sources of lead contamination and health effects, reviews seven strategies for the remediation of such sites, and presents some of the most cost-effective strategies for remediation, including several Pure Earth projects. The presentation ends with a discussion of lessons learned.

Mr. John Keith is an environmental executive and engineer with over 40 years experience in industry and government. He has directed many contamination remediation projects in the U.S. and throughout the world. In 2010 he spent 3 months in Zamfara, Nigeria, as the project manager for Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute, remediating severe lead contamination in seven remote villages.

He served as Director of Operations for Pure Earth in 2011-2012, and since entering semi-retirement, serves as Senior Technical Advisor. He has provided expert advice for many Pure Earth projects, including efforts in Vietnam, Indonesia, Somaliland, Zambia and several former Soviet Union countries, working mostly on lead and pesticide contamination projects.

Pollution Info Session #2 – The Chemistry of Environmental Mercury

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 8:00 a.m. EST
Presenter: Dr. Jack Caravanos

The complicated chemistry of environmental mercury: Mercury exists in many forms as a liquid, solid and gas. To make matter worse, each form has different solubilities, vapor pressures and environmental pathways. Once in the body, each form impacts different organs systems. Some forms are deadly while others seem innocuous. What this means is that assessing the human health effects from mercury releases and exposures is complicated. This presentation will describe the chemistry of mercury and how it moves through the environment and our bodies.

Dr. Jack Caravanos is Professor of Global Environmental Health at NYU’s College of Global Public Health and Director of Research at Pure Earth. He originally trained in chemistry and now specializes in assessing environmental contamination and human health effects of toxic agents.

Pollution Info Session #3: Overview Of AuthorAid – A Researcher Network

Date: Thursday, Feb 23, 2017, 8:00 AM EST
Presenters: Ms. Jennifer Chapin & Ms. Sandra Page-Cook

Ms. Page-Cook will talk about the Journal of Health and Pollution and the close collaboration with INASP. Ms. Chapin will provide an overview of AuthorAID: the website, mentoring platform, online courses, embedding work and recent work supporting women researchers. She will also present the other work they do at INASP on access to e-resources, supporting libraries and supporting evidence-informed policymaking.

Ms. Jennifer Chapin 
coordinates the communication of research at INASP, managing the AuthorAID programme to support the capacity of researchers in developing countries to communicate their research to different actors, and to increase the quality and quantity of their research publications. Before joining INASP in 2016, Jennifer spent the previous four years at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in London, a role which included developing research best practice and quality assurance, supporting the development of actuarial research with 300 researchers worldwide.

Ms. Page-Cook is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Health and Pollution at Pure Earth.

Pollution Info Session #4: Is Mercury Really Needed In ASGM?

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 8:00 AM EST
Presenter: Mr. Ludovic Bernaudat

This session presents the basic characteristics of the sector, explains why mercury is used and showcases good examples of non-mercury extraction.

Mr. Ludovic Bernaudat is an environment specialist with 17 years of experience in research and development projects with a strong focus on mercury. He has co-lead the inception of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining area of the UN Environment Global Mercury Partnership since its inception in 2007. He holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences.

Pollution Info Session #5: Approaches To Measuring Health Impacts At Toxic Waste Sites

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 8:00 AM EST
Presenter: Dr. Jack Caravanos

Dr. Caravanos is Professor of Global Environmental Health at NYU’s College of Global Public Health and Director of Research at Pure Earth.

Pollution Info Session #6:  Hexavalent Chromium Remediation

Thur, April 6, 2017 8:00 AM EST  (New York time)
Presenter: Mr. Sachin Sharma

The presentation focuses on various remediation alternatives (In-Situ and Ex-Situ methods) available today to reduce hexavalent chromium [Cr (VI)] in soil and groundwater and also includes a brief summary of general health risks from Cr (VI). The implementability, effectiveness, and practical challenges associated with each remediation alternative will be discussed to provide a range of solutions that can be used at a given Cr (VI) impacted site. A case study will also be discussed to show the reduction in pre and post pilot study Cr (VI) levels. Cost effective methods to reduce Cr (VI) concentrations will also be discussed in the presentation.

Mr. Sachin Sharma, P.E. is a certified professional engineer with 13 years of extensive experience in environmental consulting, remediation strategy, project management, and health & safety. He is currently working on a large scale chromium remediation project in New Jersey. His design expertise includes remediation technologies evaluation, physical and chemical treatment processes, equipment sizing and instrumentation, system operation, maintenance & monitoring.

Pollution Info Session #8: Artisanal and small-scale gold mining and the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Thursday, June 29th, 2017 8:00 AM EST
Presenter: Mrs. Sheila Logan

This presentation will cover the obligations of the convention, including what is in and what is not, what parties have to do, as well as the timeframes, and also the support available through financial mechanisms.

Mrs. Sheila Logan has been working with UNEP for thirteen years on issues relating to chemicals and wastes, with the highlight being her support for the negotiations on the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Her work on chemicals and waste has built on her previous work in the Department of Health and Aged Care in Australia, where she worked as a regulatory toxicologist assessing pesticides and industrial chemicals. She is a graduate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Melbourne in Australia. 

Pollution Info Session #9: Buenas prácticas en minería aurífera aluvial para facilitar una adecuada recuperación de áreas (in Spanish)

Thursday, July 29th, 2017
Presentadores: Sr. Achim Constantin de GIZ y Sr. Cesar Llanos Puga, del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente de Perú (MINAM)

Esta presentación dará a conocer los contenidos principales del "Manual de buenas prácticas en minería aurífera aluvial para facilitar una adecuada recuperación de áreas" elaborado por el Ministerio del Ambiente de Perú. El objetivo del manual es proponer pautas técnicas en las «etapas clave» del proceso productivo aurífero aluvial de la pequeña minería y la minería artesanal, con la finalidad de prevenir impactos ambientales y facilitar una adecuada recuperación de áreas degradadas al final del proceso de explotación. Las buenas prácticas que se presentan se basan en experiencias y datos empíricos obtenidos a lo largo de un trabajo realizado en el 2014 en el marco del programa “Contribución a las Metas Ambientales del Perú (ProAmbiente) de la Cooperación Alemana, implementada por la Deustsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH en la región de Madre de Dios ubicado en la selva peruana.

The presentation will present the main contents of the “Manual of Good Practices in alluvial gold mining to facilitate an adequate recovery of contaminated areas” prepared by the Ministry of the Environment of Peru. The aim of the manual is to propose technical guidelines in the “key stages” of the alluvial gold production process of small-scale mining and artisanal mining, in order to prevent environmental impacts and facilitate an adequate recovery of degraded areas at the end of the exploitation process. The good practices that are presented are based on experiences and empirical data obtained during a work done in 2014 in the framework of the program "Contribution to the Environmental Goals of Peru (ProAmbiente) of the German Cooperation, implemented by the Deustsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in the region of Madre de Dios located in the Peruvian jungle.

Pueden acceder al manual a través del siguiente enlace:
http://www.relasc.org/biblioteca/manual-de- buenas-practicas- en-mineria- aurifera- aluvial-para- facilitar-una- adecuada-recuperacion- de-areas/

You can access the manual (in Spanish) through the following link: http://www.relasc.org/biblioteca/manual-de- buenas-practicas- en-mineria- aurifera-aluvial-para- facilitar-una- adecuada-recuperacion- de-areas/

Sr. Achim Constantin (Alemania) El Sr. Mag. rer. nat Achim Constantin estudió Geología en la Universidad de Viena, Austria, con especialización en Hidrogeología, Geología ambiental, Hidroquímica y Remediación de Sitios Contaminados. Después de dos años de trabajo autónomo en su propia empresa «Constantin-Umweltgeologe» en Austria, fue contratado en el año 2005 como proyectista por la empresa de ingeniería “bfm gmbh” en Múnich, Alemania, dedicada a la investigación y remediación de sitios contaminados. En el año 2007 fue nombrado además director de la sucursal de dicha empresa en Düsseldorf en el estado federal de Renania del Norte-Westfalia. Los proyectos realizados abarcaban el amplio sector de la gestión de contaminaciones de suelos y de aguas subterráneas, incluyendo la identificación y caracterización de sitios contaminados, evaluaciones de riesgo, el planeamiento, la licitación y la ejecución de las acciones de remediación. Desde agosto 2013 trabaja a través de la Cooperación Alemana como Experto Integrado CIM / GIZ en la Dirección General de Calidad Ambiental del Ministerio del Ambiente (MINAM) en Perú. En noviembre del 2015 asumió el cargo del secretario de la Red Latinoamericana sobre Prevención y Gestión de Sitios Contaminados (ReLASC).

Mr. Achim Constantin (Alemania) Mr. Achim Constantin studied Geology at the University of Vienna, Austria, with a specialization in Hydrogeology, Environmental Geology, Hydrochemistry and Remediation of Contaminated Sites. After two years of self-employment with the company “Constantin-Umweltgeologe” in Austria, he was hired in 2005 as a designer by the engineering company “bfm gmbh” in Munich, Germany, dedicated to the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites. In 2007 he was also appointed director of the company’s branch in Düsseldorf in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Projects carried out covered the broad area of soil and groundwater contamination management, including identification and characterization of contaminated sites, risk assessments, planning, tendering and implementation of remediation actions. Since August 2013 he works through the German Cooperation as an Integrated Expert CIM / GIZ in the General Direction of Environmental Quality of the Ministry of the Environment (MINAM) in Peru. In November 2015 he assumed the position of the secretary of the Latin American Network on Prevention and Management of Contaminated Sites (ReLASC).

Sr. Cesar Llanos Puga (Perú) El Ing. Cesar Llanos estudió Ingeniería Ambiental en la Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Lima-Perú, se ha capacitado en gestión y remediación de sitios contaminados, comunicación de riesgos y contaminación atmosférica. Actualmente labora, desde junio de 2016, en la Dirección General de Calidad Ambiental del Ministerio del Ambiente de Perú, desempeñando labores relacionados a la gestión nacional de sustancias químicas y a la implementación de Convenios Internacionales (Minamata, Estocolmo, Rotterdam y Basilea). Además, colabora en la administración y actividades de la Red Latinoamericana sobre Prevención y Gestión de Sitios Contaminados (ReLASC).

Mr. Cesar Llanos Puga (Perú) Engineer Cesar Llanos studied Environmental Engineering at the National Agrarian University of La Molina, Lima-Peru, he has been trained in management and remediation of contaminated sites, risk communication and air pollution. Since June 2016, he has been working in the General Directorate of Environmental Quality of the Ministry of the Environment of Peru, working on the national management of chemical substances and the implementation of International Agreements (Minamata, Stockholm, Rotterdam and Basel). In addition, he collaborates in the administration and activities of the Latin American Network on Prevention and Management of Contaminated Sites (ReLASC).

Pollution Info Session #10 — GEF Gold: Going Further Than Technology Transfer

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, 8:00 Am EST (New York time)
Presenter: Mr. Ludovic Bernaudat

This presentation will describe the GEF Gold program, which will be implemented to “reduce the use of mercury in the ASGM sector in the participating countries through facilitating the access to finance to artisanal miners and mining communities for the introduction of low and non-mercury technologies and techniques and through the development of sustainable ASGM gold supply chains.” (GEF website, 2017).

Mr. Ludovic Bernaudat is an environment specialist with 17 years of experience in research and development projects with a strong focus on mercury. He has co-lead the inception of the artisanal and small-scale gold mining area of the UN Environment Global Mercury Partnership since its inception in 2007. He holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences.

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