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Visualization of Impact of Chronic/Latent Chemical Hazard and Geo-Ecological Remediation Solve the lead (Pb) contamination problem through a multi-disciplinary approach!

Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs17
Prof.
ISHIZUKA Mayumi
(Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University)
Research Institutions in Japan Hokkaido University
Research Institutions in Zambia University of Zambia
Adoption fiscal year FY 2015
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of Zambia
General Description of the Research Project

Optimizing contaminant removal methods, quantifying economic effects based on health risk assessments
In Zambia, where lead (Pb) contamination is a serious problem, we are working to elucidate the contamination mechanisms and risks posed to the ecosystem and humans. Then, by visualizing the economic losses involved, we aim to link this to the development of contamination prevention measures and environmental remediation technologies. In addition to conducting studies by remote sensing, characterizing soil and plants through surface studies, identifying lead contamination mechanisms in humans, visualizing health hazards and economic risks, and establishing environmental remediation technologies, we will also work to construct monitoring systems and foster the sustainable development of experts in the necessary fields through capacity building initiatives.

Contribution to the reduction of contamination through environmental remediation and assessment of health and economic risks!
Through these initiatives, we aim to achieve a reduction in lead levels in the younger generation who will shape Zambia’s future (particularly infants), and the adoption of new protocols for environmental remediation and health risk assessment in Zambia as part of national policy. In future, we hope these efforts will ultimately contribute to countermeasures against metal pollution—a major global hazard that is primarily centered in Africa.

Photo gallery
Studying soil and plant conditions at the research site (Kabwe region)

Studying soil and plant conditions at the research site (Kabwe region)

Working with Zambian researchers on preliminary studies into soil contamination remediation technologies in the Kabwe region

Working with Zambian researchers on preliminary studies into soil contamination remediation technologies in the Kabwe region

Conducting studies into livestock and poultry with Zambian researchers

Conducting studies into livestock and poultry with Zambian researchers

The cheerful Zambian children gave our team a warm welcome

The cheerful Zambian children gave our team a warm welcome

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Links Laboratory of Toxicology, Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University
Chemical Hazard Commission for Africa(CHCA)
KAbwe Mine Pollution Amelioration Initiative ~KAMPAI Project~
KAMPAI Project FACEBOOK

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