Environmentally Sound Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Industrial and Hazardous Waste Sectors in BiH

With the aim to support the elimination and reduction of the release of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) into the environment, the United Nations member states signed the Stockholm Convention (Convention) in 2001. Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has ratified this Convention in 2010.  Thus the country, should meet the requirements of the Convention, which include avoiding the use of hazardous POPs by shifting to safer alternatives and removing old supplies and equipment containing these substances.

What we do?

Project goal is to reduce risk for people’s health and the environment through the prevention of U-POP releases, shifting from POPs toward non-POPs chemicals in the plastic industry, and sound destruction of at least 50 tons of POPs waste.

Project Components

  • Capacity building and mainstreaming of POPs related legislation into the process of harmonisation of the BiH environmental legislation.
  • Prevention and monitoring of U-POPs generation and of release of POPs through minimization, segregation and environmentally sound management of selected hazardous waste stream.
  • Implementation of green chemistry principles in plastic manufacturing to prevent the use of and release of new POPs.
  • Management and disposal of PCBs and POPs from abandoned industrial premises.
  • Monitoring, learning, adaptive feedback, outreach and evaluation.
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Sustainable Development Goals targeted by POPs Project



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Focus Area:

Energy and Environment


Government of Sweden


Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of Spatial Planning,  Civil Engineering and Ecology of Republika Srpska, Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Department of Spatial Planning and Property Affairs of the Brčko District Government

Sweden provides 4.5 million EUR to reduce the adverse impact of hazardous chemicals to human health and environment

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Project start date:

June 2019

Estimated end date:

May 2023

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Swedish International Development Cooperation (sida)
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $393,855

    2020 $1,026,006

    2019 $90,667

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