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Mauricio Limón Aguirre: Chemicals Management in Mexico

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Mauricio Limón Aguirre, Undersecretary of Management for Environmental Protection, Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) speaks about chemicals management programs in Mexico at the CEC's Chemicals Management Forum in San Antonio, Texas, on May 15, 2012.

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Mauricio Limón Aguirre: Chemicals Management in Mexico

  1. 1. North American Commission For Environmental Cooperation Chemicals Management in MexicoMAURICIO LIMÓN AGUIRREUnder Secretary of Environmental Protection, SEMARNAT.San Antonio, Texas. May 15th, 2012.
  2. 2. Environmental Sustainability in Mexico Vision 2030 •Conserving ecosystems and biodiversity in the country. •Ecological Land Zoning National •Sustainable water use. Development •Mitigation and adaptation actions for Programme climate change. 2007-2012 Environmental •Prevent and reduce environmental pollution Sustainability •Comprehensive management of chemicals, hazardous and solid waste. •Generate scientific and technical information for decision making. Environment and •Generate environmental culture to value and natural Resouces respect the natural resourcesSectorial Programme •Environmental management that contributes 2007-2012 to competitiveness adn economic growth
  3. 3. 10 National Chemicals Priorities 1. Implementation of the 8 specific plans of the NIP of the Stockholm Convention:  Elimination of environmental release of POPs pesticides.  Reducing or eliminating the COPNI from the environment.  Communication and civil society participation 2. Updating of the National Implementation Programme by the adhesion of 10 new chemicals to the Stockholm Convention 3. Implementation of the GEF/UNDP “Environmentally Appropriate Disposal of PCB s in Mexico” 4. SAICM Quick Start Programme
  4. 4. 10 National Chemicals Priorities 5. Implementation of the Rotterdam Convention 6. Participation in UNEP’s initiatives for chemicals such as mercury, as well as sinergies between International Conventions for Chemicals. 7. Cooperation and synergies within the SMOC / CCA 8. Updating the National Profile of Chemicals. 9. Preparation of National Inventory of Chemical Substances 10. Civil Society Participation. National Advisory Council on Chemical Substances
  5. 5. Sinergyes Among International Conventions Life cycle Potential Joint management Implementation Scope and supplemental S     OC coverageCommon Goal Substances:POPs, pesticides, industrialchemicals and elements"bridge”
  6. 6. SMOC/CCA Activities1. Comparable approach to identify chemicals in trade in North America (NA)2. Implementation of risk reduction strategies to reduce exposure to Chemicals ofcommon concern in NA . Comparable approaches to support risk reduction strategies, identification of priorities, comparable data and monitoring results RONAME: Mexico conducts training, cooperation, sampling, monitoring, quality assurance, etc.., With the support of the WG on Environmental Assessment and Monitoring of SMOC • Objective: To reduce and / or elimination of toxic, persistent and bioaccumulative substances in Mexican ecosystems through a long term (25 years) national program of environmental and biological monitoring to contribute improve the health of ecosystems and human populations • Mexico operates a network of monitoring dioxins and furans and has sites for sampling of wet deposition of mercury In Mexico The Regional Center for the Stockholm Convention is located (DGCENICA).
  7. 7. National Advisory Committee for ComprehensiveManagement of Chemicals FUNCTIONSAdvisory body for SEMARNAT To provide information for public decision makingAnalyze and make recommendations at Make recommendations to ensure sharedthe request of SEMARNAT. responsibility of the sectors involved, in order to protect the environment.Contribute with information, analysis and Facilitate and encourage interinstitutionalopinions in the forums and negotiations coordination for promoting compliance ofthat take place within the framework of international conventions on the subjectinternational conventions 10 Experts from the Buissness SectorFormed by : 10 Experts from the Academic Sector 10 Experts from Civil Society Organizations
  8. 8. THANK YOUmauricio.limon@semarnat.gob.mxtwitter@MauricioLimonA

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