Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Monitoring and Management in Asia


On 26 August 2019, UNU-IAS held a special session on the topic “Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Monitoring and Management in Asia” at the 39th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (DIOXIN2019) in Kyoto, Japan.

The session presented the activities and achievements of the UNU-IAS project Monitoring and Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Asia, which has been implemented since 1996. Supported by Shimadzu corporation, the UNU-IAS POPs project aims to strengthen management of environmental pollutants based on scientific monitoring, with a focus on the hydrosphere in Asia. The session outlined the outcomes of the project’s final phase, Phase VII (2016–2018) in environment monitoring and management of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in Asia.


  • To provide the participants the opportunity to learn the major project outcomes of Phase VII (2016-2018) in environment monitoring and management of POPs in Asia and its contribution to capacity building in the region.
  • To disseminate the project's practice and outcomes of its contribution to national, regional and international policy development.
Opening Session

Moderator: Mario Tabucanon, Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS Overview of the UNU-IAS Shimadzu Collaboration Project

Masatoshi Morita, Professor, Ehime University

Session 1: Achievements of the POPs Monitoring and Management Project in Asia

Chair: Teruyoshi Hayamizu, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS

Science-Policy Interface for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Related International Sustainability Processes
Mario Tabucanon, Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS

Contribution of UNU-IAS Project Towards Sound Chemical Management in East Asia -Stockholm Convention as a Case Study- Yasuyuki Shibata, Fellow, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan

Analytical Methods for Monitoring POPs and Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Atsuro Ueyanagi, Shimadzu Corporation

Session 2: Perfluorinated Compounds Monitoring and Management in Asia (Outcomes of Phase VII)

Chair: Hiroaki Takiguchi, Project Director, UNU-IAS

The Result of Monitoring and Its Considerations

Perfluorinated Compounds in a Coastal Industrial Area of China Jing Guo, Sino-Japan Friendship Centre for Environmental Protection, China

Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) in Indian Environment Babu Rajendran, Bharathidasan University, India

The Dynamics of Perfluorinated Compounds in Water, Sediment and Fish of Rawa Pening Lake, Indonesia Sri Juari Santosa, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Distribution of Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAs) Concentration in Four Major River and Nearby Coastal Area in Korea Hyeon Seo Cho, School of Marine Technology, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Chonnam National University, Korea

Distribution of Perfluorinated Compound in Water, Sediment and Biota in Langat River Water, Malaysia
Emmy Dayana Ahmad, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Perfluorinated Compounds in Water Sediments of Major Rivers in Pakistan Hifza Rashid, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources, Pakistan
Hifza Rashid, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources, Pakistan

Perfluorinated Compounds in the Philippine Environment Focusing on Manila Bay and Laguna Lake
Charita S. Kwan, University of the Philippines Diliman, The Philippines

Monitoring of Perfluorinated Compounds in Singapore Waters and Sediments -A Three-year Summary Report
Lee Hian Kee, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Concentration of Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) in Environment, Thailand
Ruchaya Boonyatumanond, Environmental Research and training Center, Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, Thailand

Contamination by Perfluorinated Compounds in Selected Environmental Media Originated from Anthropogenic Activities in Northern Vietnam
Pham Hung, Viet Research Centre for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development, VNU University of Science, Vietnam

Overall Analysis of PFCs Monitoring in Asia
Teruyoshi Hayamizu, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS

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