Emerging Pollutants in Water and Wastewater: UNESCO-Sida Project Case-Studies

Sunday 23 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: NL Music Hall

A growing water quality challenge facing both developed and developing countries is a wide variety of new and emerging pollutants found in water resources. Emerging pollutants in water and wastewater are an increasing concern for human health and the environment. New and emerging pollutants include a wide range of chemical pollutants, including pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pesticides, etc. These pollutants are usually not removed in wastewater treatment facilities. There is a need to improve scientific research and information on the presence of these emerging pollutants in water resources and wastewater, their potential effects on human health and ecosystems, and effective ways to remove them from wastewater.

The event aims to further scientific discussion and exchange on this water quality challenge through a series of case-studies, developed by UNESCO-Sida project on Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater. The seminar will share a selection of technical case-studies from selected organisations and institutions. These case-studies from different countries in different regions will provide the-state-of-the-art scientific information about emerging pollutants in water resources and wastewater in different hydrological, environmental and socio-economic contexts.

The seminar will also provide a forum for scientific discussion and exchange on this water quality challenge with other stakeholders.

Programme

Chair:

Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, International Hydrological Programme, UNESCO

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09:00 – 09:10  Opening

  • Blanca Jiménez-Cisneros, Director, Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO
  • Claire Lynga, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Sweden

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09:10 – 09:20  Sida cooperation with UNESCO and Swedish priorities for international cooperation on water sciences

  • Claire Lynga, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Sweden

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09:20 – 09:30  The UNESCO-Sida Project on Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater Reuse in Developing Countries

  • Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, Division of Water Sciences – International Hydrological Programme (IHP), UNESCO

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09:30 – 10:00  UNESCO-Sida case-studies on emerging pollutants in water and wastewater

Regional case-studies:

  • Case-study from Africa

    Characterization of pharmaceutical pollution in the aquatic environment of Nigeria and their potential ecotoxicological effects

    Oluwatosin Olarinmoye, Lagos State University, Nigeria

  • Case-study from Asia

    A critical evaluation of selected Persistent Inorganic and Organic Pollutants in the hydrological system: A case study on Keoladeo National Park (KNP), a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India

    B. Anjan Kumar Prusty, Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE), India

  • Case-study from Latin America

    Organochlorine pesticides, impact in the water, blood of Maya women with uterine cervix cancer, and breast milk -human biomarkers-, trends in public health in Yucatan, Mexico

    Angel G. Polanco Rodríguez, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico

  • Case-study from North Africa and the Middle East

    Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Oued Souhil area, Nabeul, Tunisia: Occurrence in Irrigation water and implications (ECOSI)

    Olfa Mahjoub, National Research Institute for Rural Engineering, Water, and Forestry, Tunisia

  • Case-study from Europe

    Status report on pharmaceuticals in the Baltic Sea region

    Marta Ruiz, HELCOM - Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, Finland

  • Case-study from South America, Africa and Asia

    Modeling the chemical fate of emerging pollutants in waterways of Africa, Asia, and Latin America for rapid risk assessments, geospatial exposure mapping, and screening purposes: A pilot study

    Usman Khan, McGill University, Canada

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10:00 – 10:25  Interactive panel discussion and feedback from the participants

Facilitator: Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, UNESCO

Panel speakers:

  • Sasha Koo-Oshima, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USA
  • Aslihan Kerc, Turkish Water Institute (SUEN), Turkey
  • Oluwatosin Olarinmoye, Lagos State University, Nigeria
  • Anjan Prusty, Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE), India
  • Angel G. Polanco Rodríguez, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico
  • Olfa Mahjoub, National Research Institute for Rural Engineering, Water, and Forestry, Tunisia
  • Marta Ruiz, HELCOM - Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, Finland
  • Usman Khan, McGill University, Canada

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10:25 – 10:30  Conclusions of the discussion and Closing

  • Summary and wrap-up of discussions

    Rapporteur: Ignacio Deregibus, Division of Water Sciences – International Hydrological Programme (IHP), UNESCO

  • The way forward and Closing

    Chair: Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, Division of Water Sciences – International Hydrological Programme (IHP), UNESCO

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