International Legal Specialist (Pesticides)
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FAO Bangladesh assists the Government to formulate policies, programmes and projects to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition, develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and utilize environmental and natural resources in a sustainable way. It contributes to the development of FAO’s field programme projects in the country and implements them in the sectors of food security, agriculture and rural development.
Bangladesh has prioritised the elimination of its DDT stockpiles in the national implementation plan (NIP) for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPSs) management ratified by Stockholm Convention and entered into force in the year 2007. Among the POPSs present in Bangladesh the POPS pesticides, and obsolete pesticides and their wastes are major concern in Bangladesh. Pesticides are mainly used for protection of crops from pest and insect attacks and diseases while of them DDT was used for the vector control of malaria. A huge stockpile of DDT in Chittagong and some significant quantities in other places and obsolete pesticides and their wastes were reported to endanger the human health, aquatic and the environment as a whole. FAO thus with the Government of Bangladesh took the initiative undertake a project for elimination of those pesticides and promote safer alternatives. Farmers use significant amounts of pesticides without proper information about their impacts and use. While some of these pesticides have been banned worldwide including in Bangladesh, DDT could still be in use for some purposes such as for the preservation of dried fish, protection of crops and control of mosquitoes.
This project addresses the elimination of stockpiles of POPS pesticides and wastes in Bangladesh and the reduction of risks from on-going illegal uses of POPS pesticides in crop production, food processing and public health protection which pose immediate threats to human health, biodiversity and the environment, including inland and coastal waters. One of the outputs to this CPF objective is to develop the capacity for policy, strategy and programme formulation on sustainable natural resources management and environmental protection through identification and promotion of proper and safer alternative methods. Proper management and monitoring of pesticides contamination directly contributes to the Sixth Five Year Plan of Bangladesh.
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh, direct supervision of the Senior Technical Adviser, guidance provided by the Lead Technical Officer (LTO), the International Legal / Policy Expert will be responsible for the following\:
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