Trinidad and Tobago

Webinar: Persistent Organic Pollutants: The Borderless 'Forever Chemical'!

Webinar: Persistent Organic Pollutants: The Borderless 'Forever Chemical'!
  • Date From 23rd September 2021
  • Date To 23rd September 2021
  • Price Free of charge, open to all.
  • Location Online 17:00 AST. Duration 1 hour.


The threats posed by and measures to reduce the impact of toxic, ubiquitous persistent organic pollutants will be discussed; and the multi-pronged role of design, industry and consumers in this process.


Keima Gardiner, Waste Management Specialist, Ministry of Planning and Development

Keima is employed as the Waste Management Specialist in the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Unit of the Environmental Policy and Planning Division at the Ministry of Planning and Development. She holds an MSc in environmental studies and sustainability science from Lund University in Sweden, with distinction, a BSc double major in environmental and natural resources management and geography (first class honours) from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Keima is currently appointed as a member of the steering committee of the Intergovernmental Network of Chemicals and Waste for Latin America and the Caribbean; National Focal Point on the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Regional Coalition on Circular Economy and on the 10 Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP); Co-National Focal Point for the Working Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics in Latin America and the Caribbean; and Chairperson of the National Project Working Committee for the regional project, “Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Caribbean”.

In her current role, amongst other things, Keima is tasked with the domestic implementation of the provisions under the three chemicals and waste conventions to which the country are signatory, as well as development and implementation of policies, legislation and initiatives on waste and chemicals in Trinidad and Tobago. She possesses a combined fifteen years of academic training and professional experience in environmental management and policy development, and has been actively engaged in the toxic chemicals and hazardous waste landscape for the past eight years. Over her tenure she has served in various capacities, such as Vice President on the Bureau of Parties to the Stockholm Convention on POPs for the LAC Region; Head of Delegation for the national contingent at international negotiations and subsidiary meetings on chemicals and waste; and as a panelist at international at national seminars, inclusive of functioning as the representative for the Caribbean region.

The material presented in this webinar has not been peer-reviewed. Any opinions are the presenter’s own and do not necessarily represent those of IChemE or the Trinidad and Tobago Members Group. The information is given in good faith but without any liability on the part of IChemE.

Intended audience

This webinar is aimed at chemical engineers and other professionals (petrochemical, power generation, waste management, policy-makers etc) working at the local and regional levels. The sources of toxic chemicals called Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and their impacts on human health and the environment will be discussed, along with the action taken from the global to the national scale to address the issue; and industry's role in reducing exposure.


17:00—18:00 AST.


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This webinar is free of charge and open to all to attend, but if you wish to access the slides and a recording to replay on demand then you will need to be a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Members Group..

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