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Monitoring and Governance of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Asia

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A variety of chemical compounds has been released into water from industrial and agricultural activities and urban wastes. Some of those chemicals are harmful to living organisms and are resistant to degradation, thus named persistent organic pollutants (POPs). In efforts to manage chemical pollutants such as POPs in Asia, the United Nations University (UNU) and Shimadzu Corporation established a pilot project in 1996, “Environmental Monitoring and Analysis in the East Asian Region”, to aid developing Asian countries with the knowledge and technology to analyse and monitor such pollutants in the environment. This book summarizes some highlights of monitoring results obtained by the project’s activities for 15 years, and reports the present status of the project, touching on the future development of the project by analysing challenges ahead of the project.

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Monitoring of POPs in the hydrosphere of Korea

Today, approximately 3 billion people, about half of the world's population, live within 200 kilometers of a coastline. By 2025, that figure is likely to double. The high density of people in coastal regions has produced many economic benefits, including improved transportation links, industrial and urban development, revenue from tourism, and food production. But the combined effects of booming population growth and economic and technological development are threatening the ecosystems that provide these economic benefits. POPs are one of the major pollutants of concern threatening integrity of the marine ecosystem. Hence it is imperative to monitor coastal waters for POPs and other landbased pollutants.

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