DDT projects that are being funded by the GEF

Project Name:  Demonstrating and Scaling Up Sustainable Alternatives to DDT for the control of vector borne diseases in Southern Caucasus and Central Asia

Project Description:  Demonstrating and Scaling Up Sustainable Alternatives to DDT for the control of vector borne diseases in Central Asia (Ukraine, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan)


Type of Project:  FSP

Status: New

GEF Contribution:  2,700,000 USD

Total:  5,870,000 USD

Partners:  WHO & Milieukontakt

Other funded DDT projects

 Africa DDT project:

Project Name:  Demonstrating Cost-effectiveness and Sustainability of Environmentally-sound and Locally Appropriate Alternatives to DDT for Malaria Control in Africa

Project Description:  This project will demonstrate cost-effective, environmentally sound, and locally appropriate alternatives to DDT for malaria vector control, ensuring their sustainable use through strengthened national and local capacity for malaria control. Planning and implementation of vector control interventions require selection of appropriate vector control methods that can be applied in an area having specific and well-defined environmental and epidemiological conditions, which should be generated through regular ecological, entomological and epidemiological assessments that permit changes in the objectives of vector control programmes over time. Most of African countries, however, do not have adequate capacity to effectively plan, implement, monitor and evaluate vector control interventions. The project strategy is to enhance the capacity of the participating countries to effectively plan, implement, monitor and evaluate vector control interventions, which are not relying on DDT. The project activities will be implemented in a number of demonstration districts in the three project countries. In this project the following alternatives to DDT will be demonstrated based on the Integrated Vector Management (IVM) approach: - Residual house spraying with insecticides alternative to DDT; - Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs); - Environmental management (including management of groundwater, irrigation schemes, dams, roads and building construction); and - Mosquito larviciding.

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Mediterranean DDT project:

Project Name:  Demonstration of Sustainable Alternatives to DDT and Strengthening of National Vector Control Capabilities in Middle East and North Africa

Project Description:  The long-term objective of the project is to reduce the reliance on DDT without increasing the occurrence of vector-borne diseases (VBD), and to promote appropriate vector control management practices by strengthening capacities of countries to sustainably implement environmentally sound alternatives. The project objectives are to: (i) demonstrate the viability, availability, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the alternatives to use of DDT; (ii) promote the replication of the good practices and demonstrated alternatives in the countries selected and elsewhere; and (iii) build capacity in each country to plan and design application of alternatives based on the principles of integrated vector management (IVM). The alternatives to be considered will mostly be non chemical-based and will include the following: - Biological control; - Environmental management (including water sanitation and irrigation management); - Insecticide treated nets; and - Combination of the above with supportive insecticide use. This will lead to significant and sustainable reductions in the vector-borne disease burdens of the countries of the region and at the same time ensure the protection of the environment and human health by reducing the use of DDT and other insecticides.

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China project:

Project Name:  Alternatives to DDT Usage for the Production of Anti-fouling Paint

Project Description:  China is still using DDT in anti-fouling paint; a usage that was long abandoned in other parts of the world and for which no exemption exists under the Stockholm Convention on POPs. China is the only country that has reported such usage. The amount of DDT in anti-fouling paint is approximately 5% by weight, leading to an estimated release to the environment of 250 tons of DDT per annum. Most of the antifouling paint that does not contain DDT (about half) is TBT-based, a usage addressed by the IMO convention. The objective is to phase-out the use of DDT in anti-fouling paint, and promote the production, distribution and use of alternative products, whilst supporting the long-term phase out of TBT as well.

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