Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) – Water Quality Training

Water pollution is one of crucial issues and major problems in managing water resources in Indonesia. Unfortunately, government still relied on biological oxygen demand (BOD) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) as main parameters to assess the pollution, while these parameters only show preliminary condition of the water resources. In addition, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEF) don’t use biological indicator or markers to assess the toxicity level of the water resources.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals is rather a new pollutant noticed by government institutions. Some of them (pesticide or polychlorinated biphenyls) has been assess by government institution or university. Usually measurements are done through a partnership with international researcher or research institution. Then research data are distributed among researchers or inside the government institution and do not used to raise community awareness on EDC pollution. As local EPA doesn’t have the equipment to measure EDCs, there is no clear data of EDC contamination, while it contamination has been proved to endangers wildlife and human health (reproduction, central nervous, and endocrine systems).

Sampling skills and certificate usually own by government institution or private laboratory which provide services on water quality sampling. Only small numbers of environmental civil society organizations (CSOs) have the knowledge and skill to sample water quality. EDCs – water quality training was aimed to increase partner (mostly CSOs) knowledge and skill to sample EDCs in water. Participants were representative from Jasa Tirta 1, P3E Maluku and Sulawesi, EPA Bolaang Mongondouw, EPA Southeast Manahasa, PPLH Bali, JPIC Middle Borneo, Tondano Watershed Forum, Yayasan Mitra Insani, KPC Bogor, Ecoton, and Forkadas Citarum. The training took a day for water sampling technique material and field practice. Water Laboratory Nusantara (Manado) was facilitated the training.