- Category: Economy
- Published on Wednesday, 09 October 2019 07:47
October 7, 2019
The UN Environment agency UNEP has has identified 14 abandoned industrial sites which need to be cleaned up as soon as possible across Serbia, a statement said on Monday.
It added that decades if industrial activities in combination with inadequate waste disposal infrastructure have left more than 700 potentially polluted industrial locations. UNEP said those sites are part of a “dangerous heritage of contaminated land in Serbia”, adding that hundreds of sites have been polluted by heavy metals and other potentially cancerous materials. A lot of those sites are close to inhabited areas and rivers and could pollute both land and water and cause a loss of biodiversity, it said.
UNEP launched a project to investigate possible earth and water pollution in 32 locations, providing training for local authorities which are passing their findings on to the national Environmental Protection Agency.
UN Resident Coordinator a.i. in Serbia Hans Friedrich Schodder said at a presentation of the project that an interactive map of the polluted areas had been drawn up and a national platform set up to exchange information about soil degradation and management. “This will allow system institutions to investigate each site in detail, dispose of hazardous waste and clean up the environment,” Belgrade city Public Health Authority Milan Milutinović said.
The project was funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Italian Ministry of the Environment and was implemented by UNEP and he Serbian Environment Ministry and Environmental Protection Agency.