Management of Polychlorinated biphenyls in Kyrgyzstan

About the project

set of articles on handiling of pcbsCollection of articles on management of PCBs produced by the project.

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a class of synthetic organic chemicals that were used globally in various industries because of their chemical stability. In 1970s it was recognized that their chemical stability is also a serious threat to human health and environment. PCBs are considered to be immune-toxic and can damage human immune system, liver, skin, reproductive system, gastrointestinal tract and thyroid gland. The project activities will provide Kyrgyzstan with tools to minimize environmental and health risks associated with PCBs. As part of the project UNDP will identify PCBs, secure stockpiles and enhance overall awareness about the issue. The project is also aimed at strengthening regulatory measures in this area and supporting institutions in managing PCB.

Expected results

  • Long-term plan for monitoring of PCB-containing equipment.
  • Analytical review on current situation with handling of PCB-containing equipment with consideration of gender aspects.
  • Up-to-date map of PCB locations based on monitoring.
  • A series of new regulations in the PCB management sphere.
  • Long-term plan for step-by-step elimination of PCB-containing equipment.
  • Secure intermediate storage of PCB-wastes.
  • PCB-waste collected and exported to the qualified site for disposal.

What we have accomplished so far

  • PCB waste and PCB-equipment database has been updated and relative sites are mapped. Financial resources for replacing old PCB-containing equipment were conducted.
  • Series of trainings for state inspectors to control the PCB entities-holders were conducted. TV programme on PCB hazards to public health was prepared and broadcasted. Training video films were produced and sent to the project partners.
  • 6 (six) types of expertise for draft technical regulation on safe handling of PCB were conducted. Amendments to the existing Law “On Environment Protection”, “On Licensing” were drafted.
  • Competent authorities, universities and libraries received copies of 4 manuals and 2 educational videos on handling PCBs.
  • Specialists of competent authorities are trained in methods of identification and management of PCB content. Competent authorities are capable to undertake laboratory researches.
  • Two television shows and more than 10 articles on problems related to PCBs were produced.

Who finances it?

Amount (USD)
Kyrgyz Republic Government
Global Environment Facility 950,000


Year Amount (USD)
2012 311,565
2011 261,734
2010 40,238

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