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EMFWA takes Karnataka to court | February 2011

The Endosulfan Manufactures and Formulators Welfare Association (EMFWA) have challenged the Karnataka ban on endosulfan in the Karnataka High Court. They pesticide manufacturers have said that the ban was 'unscientific' as there are no studies done in the state to prove that endosulfan was the cause of the health conditions of the people in the affected villages.

Centre to study endosulfan effect  | December 2010

Centre to Study Endosulfan Effects

 The Union environment ministry has proposed a five member expert committee to study the ill-effects of endosulfan. Union minister of state for environment, Jairam Ramesh, announced the panel after meeting Kerala forest minister Benoy Viswam on November 1.


A Global Ban for Endosulfan

  • India changes its position on endosulfan at the Stockholm Convention

  • It softens its stand and agrees that endosulfan is a health hazard.

  • It agrees to a ban on the pesticide.

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Grand Finale: Day 5 April 29

The last day of the Stockholm Convention, ushered some good news for all those crusading against endosulfan in India. Endosulfan has finally been brought under the Annex A of the Stockholm Convention, which means that Endosulfan should be banned globally. India softened its stand and agreed to the listing without any opposition. This was a welcome move as India had become almost notorious for opposing any ban on endosulfan in the international arena ever since it was introduced as a persistent organic pollutant in the fourth Stockholm Convention in 2008.

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Fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention Geneva,
April 25 - 29 , 2011

Day 4 at the Stockholm Convention

Day 4, April 28: Talks opened with a discussion on the continuation of DDT. DDT is currently listed under Annex B of the Stockholm Convention. Listing in Annex B means that the chemical/pesticide has to be phased out eventually; it is banned with certain exemptions and till such time that an alternative can be found. In India DDT is being used only as a vector disease control. India on its part reported that they were producing DDT under strict control and that the use of the chemical has come down to half from 10,000 metric ton in 1997 to 5,500 metric ton in 2010.

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Fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention Geneva,

April 25 - 29 , 2011

How does the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) review chemicals?

The POPRC reviews proposals submitted by Parties for listing new chemicals in accordance with Article 8 of the Convention.

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