Popping situation

to help various countries assess the complexity of the hazards posed by persistent organic pollutants ( pops) , the United Nations Environment Programme recently held a meeting in Moscow, Russia, from July 11-14, 2000.

The meeting specifically focused on the problems faced by the Commonwealth of Independent States, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Participants were particularly concerned about the reemergence of malaria in the Caucasian and Central Asian region and said that changes in agricultural practices in the region have changed malaria vector distribution.

Numerous recommendations were made during the meeting, including the need for research on the biology and ecology of local vectors to ensure a better base for integrated vector management.

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