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Minamata Convention: Albania
Minamata Convention: Albania

Minamata Initial Assessments in Albania

Albania signed the Minamata Convention on October 9, 2014. As International Technical Experts, BRI is assisting the government of Albania in meeting requirements outlined by the Minamata Convention to reduce mercury in the environment. These activities will complement efforts by Albania to significantly reduce the exposure of mercury to humans and the environment.

 

Formal Capacity: International Technical Expert

Project Lead: Amy Sauer

Minamata Focal Point: Odeta Cato

Collaborating Ministry: Minstry of Environment

Funding Agency: UNDP/GEF

                

Country Profile

Country Profile

  • Population: 2.8 million (World Bank 2013)
  • Surface Area:  28,748 sq km
  • Capital City: Tirana
  • Official Language: Albanian
  • Fish Production: 4,112 tons (FAO 2002)
  • UN Membership Date: December 14, 1955


The Republic of Albania is located on Southeastern Europe's Balkan Peninsula, sharing its borders with Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Greece, as well as the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea. It is known for its many archaeological sites and castles, such as the Kruje castle pictured above. Both agriculture and tourism are major sectors in the Albanian economy.

 

Inception Meeting

Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Mercury Inception Meeting, held in Tirana, Albania, June 15, 2017.
Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Mercury Inception Meeting, held in Tirana, Albania, June 15, 2017.
 

Mercury Inventory Training Workshop

Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held in Tirana, Albania, June 15-16, 2017.
Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held in Tirana, Albania, June 15-16, 2017.
 
Photo Credits: Kruja, Albania © CCat82; Albanian flag © Gil C
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