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Minamata Convention: Antigua and Barbuda
Minamata Convention: Antigua and Barbuda

RECENT BRI PUBLICATIONS

Spatio-temporal trends in mercury exposure to New York songbirds: Correlations with climate, habitat, and projecting future change (2020)

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Mercury Exposure in Songbird Communities within Sphagnum Bog and Upland Forest Ecosystems in the Adirondack Park (New York, USA) (2020)

Minamata Initial Assessments in
Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury on February 5, 2017. As International Technical Experts, BRI is assisting several small island developing states of the Caribbean, including Antigua and Barbuda, as part of a regional Minamata Initial Assessment. The Basel Convention Regional Center for the Caribbean is implementing the regional MIA project and BRI is providing expertise to assist with the development of national mercury inventories for each participating country using UN Environment's Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases. The results of this regional MIA will assist Antigua and Barbuda with meeting requirements outlined by the Minamata Convention to reduce mercury in the environment and exposure of mercury to humans. 

Formal Capacity: International Technical Expert

Project Lead: David Evers

Funding/Implementing Agency: GEF/UN Environment

Executing Agency: Basel Convention Regional Center for the Caribbean

            

The State of Mercury in Antigua and Barbuda

THE STATE OF MERCURY IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Under the Minamata Convention, individual countries are charged with protecting human health and the environment from the risks of mercury exposure by systematically controlling mercury emissions and releases, including phasing out the use of mercury in certain products and processes.

In order to assist with preparations for the ratification and implementation of the Convention, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda conducted a Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA).

Click here to download the full brochure.

Country Profile

Country Profile

  • Population: 100,963 (World Bank 2016)
  • Surface Area: 442 sq km (UN Data 2014)
  • Capital City: Saint John's
  • Official Language: English
  • Fish Production: 3,000 Tonnes (FAO 2015)
  • UN Membership Date: November 11, 1981
 

Regional Inception Meeting and Inventory Workshop

Representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines gathered in Jolly Harbour, Antigua, March 14-16, 2018, for the Minamata Initial Assessment Regional Inception Meeting and Inventory Workshop. At the workshop, BRI's David Evers, Oksana Lane, and Molly Taylor presented on a variety of mercury-related topics such as the development of national mercury inventories, biomonitoring, cosmetic sampling, and air sampling. 

Caribbean Regional Inception Meeting and Inventory Workshop
 

Inventory Training and Fish Biomonitoring Workshop

Participants at the Mercury Inventory Training and Fish Biomonitoring Workshop held in Antigua and Barbuda, May 14, 2018.
Participants at the Mercury Inventory Training and Fish Biomonitoring Workshop held in Antigua and Barbuda, May 14, 2018.
Monitoring Mercury in the Caribbean

MONITORING MERCURY IN THE CARIBBEAN

Download the following brochures to learn how you can participate in regional and global efforts to monitor mercury in cosmetics, humans, and seafood in your country. Each brochure outlines the sampling process and highlights how participation will help countries meet the requirements of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. 

Monitoring Mercury-added Products in the Caribbean Region: Skin Lightening Creams and Cosmetics

Mercury Biomonitoring in the Caribbean Region: People

Mercury Biomonitoring in Antigua and Barbuda: Seafood

Global Health Trade-off for Mercury and Omega-3 in Seafood

 
Photo Credits: Header Image, English Harbor, Antigua © loneroc-shutterstock; Antigua and Barbuda flag © Gil C-shutterstock; Regional Inception Meeting and Inventory Workshop © BCRC - ANU
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