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Latin America Ecotoxicology Effluents Regulation: Status, Equalization and Progressive Goals

Monday, June 26, 2017  
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SETAC Latin America is promoting webinars and a round table discussion about the use of ecotoxicology as an effluent regulation tool.

SETAC’s Global Horizon Scanning Project has identified priority research areas for Latin America, and one of the issues is related to management and regulatory tools (i.e., maximum limits of toxicity) towards achieving sustainable development.

Among the Latin American countries, only Brazil has federal environmental legislation that includes the assessment of acute and chronic toxicity potential of effluent discharges to watersheds (CONAMA 2011). However, just monitoring the effluent quality is not sufficient for protecting the biota of the natural aquatic ecosystem and maintaining the ecosystem services; continuous target improvements to reduce the potential for toxic releases should be implemented.

The webinars launched in May and will continue through August. They are being recorded in Portuguese and Spanish and will be available to SETAC members.

The topics and speakers are:

  • Useful ecotoxicological tools for regulating industrial and domestic effluents in Brazil – Fernando Aquinoga (APLYSIA Environmental Solutions, Brazil)
  • Current Latin America ecotoxicology effluent control regulations – Ricardo Barra (Universidad de Concepción - Chile)
  • Progressive goals of continuous improvement of the maximum limits of toxicity while maintaining ecosystem services – Alexandre Arenzon (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul-Brazil)

The results of the three lectures will be discussed in a round table which will take place from 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. on 9 Septembter during the 12th SETAC Latin America Biennial Meeting.