INTRODUCTION: The problem of pollution control in developing countries has been under discussion at a conference in Abidjan, capital of the Ivory Coast.
GV PAN Top of cement works TO officials touring works
GVs Cement bags being unloaded. Trucks moving out (2 shots)
SV & GV Man driving tractor pulling cement (2 shots)
GVs & SVs Delegates inspecting soap factory (6 shots)
SV PAN Skyline of factory TO pipe outlet with barrel
GV PAN & SV Villagers washing. Child carrying washing in basin (2 shots)
GV Delegates at shanty town market outside factory
SVs Women stirring tubs with ladles (2 shots)
GV Works with shanty town in foreground
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The problem of pollution control in developing countries has been under discussion at a conference in Abidjan, capital of the Ivory Coast. The Committee of International Development Institutions on the Environment was holding its second session, jointly sponsored by the African Development Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme. During the conference, held from 10 to 12 June, reports were delivered by representatives of a number of Third World development agencies on environmental problems caused by industrialization.
SYNOPSIS: To gain a first hand impression of the problems they were discussing, delegates visited industrial site in and around Abidjan, such as this cement plant.
As developing countries proceed with their industrialization plans they have to reconcile their need for development with the cost of protecting the environment from the harm caused.
The committee's job is to weigh up these considerations, and work out the cost of environmental protection measures. The need for such measure was demonstrated to the delegates on visits to a soap factory and a textile plant, which discharge effluent and harmful dyes into the nearby lagoon.
The conference itself reviewed progress so far in implementing a Declaration of Environmental Policies adopted at the committee's first session last year.
In his opening speech to the conference, Ivorian Environment Minister Antoine Brou Tanoh noted that the international community was now aware of environmental issues. He welcomed current efforts to translate intentions into actions.
Meanwhile pollution control on a smaller scale was been effected by these women -- making soap from industrial waste for sale on the local market.