EMERCHEM special session

Monday June 1, 14:00-16:30, Room J

Developing countries are faced with several notable problems with respect to chemicals management. To ensure a better understanding of these challenges, SETAC organized three international meetings in 2008 on Emerging Issues in Chemicals Management in Developing Countries (EMERCHEM) to identify emerging, high-priority, science-based issues related to chemical contaminants, chemicals management, and chemical safety. The meetings were held during the SETAC Annual Meetings in Warsaw, Sydney, and Tampa and their outcome is summarized in the SETAC EMERCHEM White Paper. This paper defines the domain of the EMERCHEM special session, which will be held at the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Göteborg on Monday June 1st at 14:00 in Room J.

This session is open to everyone interested in the emerging chemical issues of greatest concern in developing countries and will be a great opportunity to have an open dialogue with others who share your passion for using Science to help institute best practices in chemical management in all countries regardless of economic status.


Chairs: Bart Koelmans (Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands) & Yogi Naik (National University of Science & Technology, Ascot Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)

14:00 - 14:20

Bart Koelmans (Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands):
Emerging Chemical Issues in Developing Countries: Background and Introduction

14:20 - 14:40

Henk Bouwman  (North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa):
Alternatives to DDT for malaria control: Might there be health consequences?

14:40 - 15:00

Ralph Heath (Golder Associates Africa Pty (Ltd), Halfway House, South Africa):
Acid mine drainage from coal mines threatening the aquatic ecology of South African rivers

15:00 - 15:20


15:20 - 15:40

Yogeshkumar (Yogi) Naik (National University of Science & Technology, Ascot Bulawayo, Zimbabwe):
Emerging chemical issues of relevance to African countries

15:40 - 16:00

Paul van den Brink (Alterra and Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands)
Patterns, socio-economic issues and effects of pesticide use in Asia, South-Africa and South-America

16:00 - 16:30

Discussion, wrap up and closure

We look forward to a stimulating discussion in the Emerging Chemicals session in Göteborg!