Pure Earth’s TSIP (Toxic Sites Identification Program) identifies and assesses contaminated sites in low- and middle-income countries, where public health is at risk. Pure Earth-trained local TSIP investigators visit and document sites using the Initial Site Screening (ISS) protocol. The data is then reviewed and entered into Pure Earth’s TSIP database of polluted sites, which helps governments understand, prioritize and address pollution in their countries.
Using South-South cooperation, TSIP coordinators from Senegal led the training in Madagascar. Sites identified include tanneries, small-scale gold mining sites, and pesticide dumps and stores. Work is continuing to identify and assess pollution problems to gain a better understanding of the priority areas and sites.