INOPOL

The India-Norway cooperation project on capacity building for reducing plastic and chemical pollution in India (INOPOL) is a collaboration project between Indian and Norwegian institutions with the objective to build knowledge and capacity to reduce plastic and chemical pollution from major sources within industry, public sector, and civil society in India. The INOPOL project was led by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), in close collaboration with Mu Gamma Consultants Pvt. Ltd. (MGC), Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology (CIPET), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST) and Toxics Link. The project addressed the highly interlinked challenges of marine litter, microplastics and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), with the overarching goals of enhancing capacity to reduce marine litter and microplastic pollution in Gujarat state and building capacity to reduce releases of plastic wastes and POPs in India by supporting the implementation of the Stockholm Convention (SC).

Project Partners

Project Overview

Project Publications

2020 – 2021 Publications

Adam, H. N., Noklebye, E. and Bharat, G. K. 2021. “A Sustainable Development Agenda: Plastic and Biomedical Waste Post COVID-19”. Terra Green 13 (11), pp. 22-28.

Noklebye, E. and Adam, H. 2021. “Usynlige «plastavfallshelter» spiller en nøkkelrolle i kampen mot plastforurensing”. Bistandsaktuelt. 8th April. https://www.bistandsaktuelt.no/arkiv-kommentarer/2021/usynlige-plastavfallshelter–i-kampen-mot-plastforurensing/

Book chapter: “Current scenario of new POPs in India: Data gaps and quantification techniques” by Omkar Gaonkar, Avanti Roy-Basu, Girija Bharat, Paromita Chakraborty. Accepted for publication. CRC Press. (Accepted).

“A review on distribution and remediation techniques for perfluorinated compounds in water and wastewater” by Pavithra, Avanti Roy-Basu, Girija Bharat, Paromita Chakraborty, In Springer Germany.

“Spatial distribution and compositional profiles of organochlorine pesticides in the surface soil from the agricultural, coastal and backwater transects along the south-west coast of India” by Sanjenbam Nirmala Khuman , P.G. Vinod , Girija Bharat , Y.S. Mohana Kumar, Paromita Chakraborty. Chemosphere. 254

“Plasticizers and bisphenol A: Emerging organic pollutants along the lower stretch of River Ganga, north-east coast of the Bay of Bengal* by Moitraiyee Mukhopadhyay, Paromita Chakraborty. Environmental Pollution. 276 (2021) 116697.

“Common and Emerging Aspects of Water Quality and its Public Health Impacts” by Dr Girija K Bharat and Avanti Roy-Basu. IWRA (India) Journal Volume 10, No. 1 January 2021.

2021 – 2022 Publications

Singh, J., Samuel, J. and Hurley, R., (2021) ‘Plastics, Microplastics, and Nanoplastics: Management and Mitigation of Water Contamination’. Frontiers in Environmental Science, p.546.

Chakraborty,P., Chandra. S., Dimmen, M.V., Hurley, R., Mohanty. S., Bharat, G.K., Steindal, E.H., Olsen, M., Nizzetto, L., “Interlinkage Between Persistent Organic Pollutants and Plastic in the Waste Management System of India: An Overview”. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol. 2022 Feb 18;1-10. doi: 10.1007/s00128-022-03466-x.

Moitraiyee Mukhopadhyay and Paromita Chakraborty*, Book Chapter, Selected Phthalic Acid Esters in the Aqueous Environment of Asian Countries: A Review on Fate and Distribution, Legacy and Emerging Contaminants in Water and Wastewater Monitoring, Risk Assessment and Remediation Techniques, Springer, Germany, Series ISSN 2524-6402

Kubendran Pavithra, Avanti Roy-Basu, Girija Bharat, Paromita Chakraborty*, Book Chapter, A review on distribution and removal techniques for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in water and wastewater, Legacy and Emerging Contaminants in Water and Wastewater Monitoring, Risk Assessment and Remediation Techniques, Springer, Germany, Series ISSN 2524-6402.

Adam, H.; Pille-Schneider, L.; Enge, C.; Nøklebye, E.; Bharat, K.; Abraham, M.; Dkhar, N. (2022) ‘Important but ignored? The role of the informal recycling sector in a prospective international agreement on plastic pollution’. IKHAPP Policy Brief Series. March. International Knowledge Hub Against Plastic Pollution. Available from: https://ikhapp.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/IKHAPP-Policy-Brief-informal-sector.pdf.

Rachel Hurley, In Conversation, TerraGreen, Volume 12, Issue 9, December, 2021.

Merete Grung, In Conversation, TerraGreen, Volume 14, Issue 11, February, 2022.

Girija  Bharat, In Conversation, TerraGreen, Volume 17, Issue 14, May 2022

Paromita Chakraborty, Sarath Chandra, Avanti, Girija, Emmy “Chapter 3 – POPs Associated with Plastic Waste” Springer Germany Book, Laying the knowledge grounds for enhanced policy and management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in India: In Press

Pavithra, Avanti, Kine, Girija, Paromita Chakraborty “Chapter 5 – Environmental Monitoring Techniques of Targeted POPs”Laying the knowledge grounds for enhanced policy and management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in India Springer Germany Book, Laying the knowledge grounds for enhanced policy and management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in India: In Press

Manisha, Girija, Malene, Ronnie Rex, Sarath Chandra, Paromita Chakraborty “Chapter 9 – Analysis of Gaps in Management of POPs in India ”Laying the knowledge grounds for enhanced policy and management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in India: Springer Germany Book, Laying the knowledge grounds for enhanced policy and management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in India: In Press

Girija, Avanti, Sarath Chandra, Ronnie Rex, Paromita Chakraborty, Abdullah, Suneel Pandey, Twinkle, Alka, Piyush “Chapter 10 – Case Studies-Tapi and Daman Ganga River Basins in Gujarat”Laying the knowledge grounds for enhanced policy and management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in India: Springer Germany Book, Laying the knowledge grounds for enhanced policy and management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in India: In Press

VamshiKrishna Gandla, Mounika Chiluka, Harish Gupta, Sukesh Narayan Sinha, Paromita Chakraborty “Occurrence, sources, and sediment-water exchange of pesticidal organochlorine pollutants in an urban tributary of the Krishna river, India” (Article submitted: with editor)

Publications in Progress

The INOPOL Technical Report on POPs Pollution has been accepted by Springer Nature for being published as a book.

Noklebye, E.; Roy-Basu, A.; Adam, H.N.; Bharat, G.; Steindal, E. (2022) [Under review] ‘Plastic bans in India – addressing the socio-economic and environmental complexities’. Journal of Cleaner Production.

Noklebye, E.; Adam, H. (2022) [in preparation] ‘Developing existing skills and waste networks of the informal recycling sector (IRS) towards increasingly equitable, robust, and sustainable plastic waste management solutions’.

Paromita Chakraborty, Harish Gadhavi Sarath Chandra, K Ronnie Rex , “Atmospheric legacy and new persistent organic pollutants in Indian cities during the Covid-19 pandemic-Levels, sources and time trends” (Article : In progress)

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