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Malawi Eyes On Sound Management Of Chemicals And Waste

Dowa, Malawi 12th July, 2023 (AEJ) - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change is implementing the chemical waste management project that aims to strengthen the institutional capacity to plan, monitor and coordinate implementation of policies, strategies and national programmes for the sound management of chemicals and waste.

The project will establish an integrated information management system that will contain data for collection, treatment and disposal of chemicals and wastes in Malawi.

“We noted that chemicals haven’t had the limelight as other issues in general. Therefore, the project highlighted that chemicals are important and they need to be managed properly in order to protect human health and the environment,” Caroline Theka, Chemical Waste Management Coordinator at Environmental Affairs Department working in partnership with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Special Programmes explained.

Theka was speaking during a working session meant to develop messages for broadcasting on television, radio and other communication channels to bring awareness to people on how they can manage chemicals and wastes properly.

According to Theka they plan to work in partnership with other key stakeholders such as those at the road traffic directorate, transporters, minibus operators, media houses, journalists, programmes producers and key influential people to see how chemical and wastes can better be managed.

We cannot live without chemicals, but we also need to manage them properly as humanity

“We cannot live without chemicals, but we also need to manage them properly as humanity,” Theka sounded the alarm on the side-lines of the working session in Dowa.

Veteran broadcaster Charles Chikapa welcomed the initiative saying activities earmarked and planned needed a lot of awareness and visibility to the public to have the buy in and ensure they play their role in chemical and waste containment.

Malawi’s regulatory framework that are in line with chemical waste management includes the Environment Management Act, 2017, Environment Management (Chemicals and Toxic Substances Management) Regulations, 2008 and Environment Management (Waste Management and Sanitation) Regulations, 2008 (which are currently under review) to coordinate management of chemicals and wastes.

The country also has sectoral legislations dealing with different aspects of chemicals and associated wastes which rest with various government institutions depending on their respective mandates.

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