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GAHP Updates: Feb. 2017 – Pollution Info-Sessions and more

New and Noteworthy

  1. GAHP Pollution Info-sessions

Our second Pollution info-session by Dr. Jack Caravanos on The Chemistry of Environmental Mercury, and our third by Jennifer Chapin and Sandra Page Cook on the AuthorAID researcher network, were a great success. We are extremely pleased with the positive feedback. We hope you will continue to join in every second Thursday of the month at 8 a.m. EST to hear experts in the field share their experiences, project insights, ideas, resources and more.  Click here to get dial-in details, and to watch a video archive of past sessions. Check the event calendar for details of upcoming Pollution Info-sessions:

  • Pollution Info-Session #4: Is Mercury really needed in ASGM?
    Thur, March 9, 2017 8:00 AM EST (New York time)
    Presenter: Mr. Ludovic Bernaudat
  • Pollution Info-Session #5 :Approaches to measuring Health impacts at Toxic Waste Sites
    Thur, March 23, 2017 8:00 AM EST (New York time)
    Presenter: Dr. Jack Caravanos
  1. Health and Pollution Action Planning

Health and Pollution Action Planning processes are underway in Thailand, Madagascar and several other countries. We would like to invite you to join our Health and Pollution Action Plan (HPAP) Working Group to enable GAHP members/observers to better coordinate during the health and pollution planning/prioritization processes planned in many LMICs.

The aim is to ensure we are aligning our messaging and strategy, including where possible with country development strategies, as well as to share our joint previous experiences working with national governments on prioritization/planning processes in general. It is also important that we ensure alignment with the different tools we are promoting as separate agencies related to all types of pollution planning.

If you would like to participate in the group, please email Lucie Concordel at

  1. New Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Pollution Series

The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting has launched its pollution reporting series.
The Health Perils of Pollution.  The first in the series, is “Skin Deep: Feeding the Global Lust for Leather,” which is also featured in Undark magazine

  1. TSIP database available online

For more than a decade now, Pure Earth has been training and sending investigators out across the world’s worst polluted places to identify, assess and map contaminated sites that pose a health risk to communities. The effort, part of our Toxic Sites Identification Program (TSIP), has produced the largest database of polluted sites of its kind. Now, this important trove of data is available online at Read more about the database.

Opportunities for Involvement  

#Tell Your Pollution Story with National Geographic

National Geographic launched a YourShot Campaign to support the work of the Global Commission on Pollution and Health and the Commission report, which will be published in The Lancet in the spring of 2017.  The report will shed light on new evidence that pollution, in all its forms—air, water and soil—is the leading cause of death in the world, taking almost 10 million lives annually! Photographers worldwide are being asked to submit their images and #TellYourPollutionStory. 

GAHP Updates

We are pleased to welcome the following members to GAHP:

  • Asian Institute of Technology
  • Environment and Security Center of Mongolia (ESCM)
  • Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

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