Environmental Remediation of legacy toxic and obsolete/forgotten persistent pollutants such as legacies of heavy metal mining, organic pesticides and artisanal gold and mercury mining.
Remediation of Extractive Mining and Heavy Metal Pollutants and Organic Pesticides
One of the objectives of FSD, in addition to its mine action and security Sector reform activities, is the clearance and remediation of legacy and post conflict environmental sites, including toxic heavy metals, nuclear mining waste, pesticides and chemical pollutants.
FSD was active the remediation of nuclear and extractive mining legacies from 2012 to 2019.
FSD provided a full Environmental Impact Assessment for the Sumsar legacy site in Kyrgyzstan.
FSD was a regular member of the Coordination Group of Uranium Legacy Sites (CGULS) from 2014 to 2020; this group was managed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
FSD had implemented a security fence around the Karta 1-9 legacy site in Tadjikistan and reported about it in FSD's Annual Report 2014 and tried to drum up support from institutional donors for the remediation of this site for many years, unfortunately in vain.
FSD’s remediation activities in the extractive mining legacy area have however been shelved in 2020 for lack of institutional support and funding.