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Minamata Convention: Cabo Verde
Minamata Convention: Cabo Verde

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Minamata Initial Assessments in Cabo Verde

Through our Center for Mercury Studies, BRI (an Executing Agency with UNIDO) will work with the Cabo Verde government to conduct a Minamata Initial Assessment over the next two years. These activities will complement Cabo Verde's efforts to significantly reduce the exposure of mercury to humans and the environment. 

Formal Capacity: Executing Agency

Project Lead: Molly Taylor

Minamata Focal Point: Mr. Mario Reis

Collaborating Ministry: Ministry of Agriculture and Environment

Funding/Implementing Agency: GEF/UNIDO

    

The State of Mercury in Cabo Verde

THE STATE OF MERCURY IN CABO VERDE

The Minamata Convention on Mercury opened for signature on October 10, 2013 and entered into force on August 16, 2017. To assist with preparations for the ratification and implementation of the Convention, the government of Cabo Verde conducted a Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA) to quantitatively and comparatively determine the extent of local mercury pollution. Some findings from the MIA and recommendations from the Cabo Verde mercury team can be found in this brochure.

Click to download the full brochure in English or Portugese.

Country Profile

Country Profile

  • Population: 521,000 (World Bank 2015)
  • Surface Area: 4,033 sq km
  • Capital City: Praia
  • Official Language: Portuguese
  • Fish Production: 9,950 tons (FAO 2006)
  • UN Membership Date: September 16, 1975


Cabo Verde, or Cape Verde, is an island nation on a volcanic archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa. It is known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture and many beaches. Once a Portuguese colony, Cabo Verde gained independence in 1975. 

 

Inception Meeting

Left: Shown are participants of the Inception Workshop for the Minamata Initial Assessment, which took place July 19, 2016, in Cabo Verde. Right: Shown from left to right, David Buck, Biodiversity Research Institute; Jerome Stucki, UNIDO; Gilberto Silva, Minister of Agriculture and Environment; Alexandre Rodrigues, Director, National Directorate of Environment, Mario Dantas Reis, Minamata Focal Point, National Directorate of Environment.
Left: Shown are participants of the Inception Workshop for the Minamata Initial Assessment, which took place July 19, 2016, in Cabo Verde. Right: Shown from left to right, David Buck, Biodiversity Research Institute; Jerome Stucki, UNIDO; Gilberto Silva, Minister of Agriculture and Environment; Alexandre Rodrigues, Director, National Directorate of Environment, Mario Dantas Reis, Minamata Focal Point, National Directorate of Environment.
Left: Shown are participants of the Inception Workshop for the Minamata Initial Assessment, which took place July 19, 2016, in Cabo Verde. Right: Shown from left to right, David Buck, Biodiversity Research Institute; Jerome Stucki, UNIDO; Gilberto Silva, Minister of Agriculture and Environment; Alexandre Rodrigues, Director, National Directorate of Environment, Mario Dantas Reis, Minamata Focal Point, National Directorate of Environment.
 

National Steering Group

First meeting of the National Steering Group for the Minamata Initial Assessment in Cabo Verde on July 19, 2016.
First meeting of the National Steering Group for the Minamata Initial Assessment in Cabo Verde on July 19, 2016.
 

Mercury Inventory Training Workshop

Participants of the Mercury Inventory training, conducted by Milene Pacheco, UNIDO, in Cabo Verde July 20-21, 2016.
Participants of the Mercury Inventory training, conducted by Milene Pacheco, UNIDO, in Cabo Verde July 20-21, 2016.

SEE US IN ACTION

Check out the album below to see more pictures from our visit to Cabo Verde! 

Cabo Verde - Minamata Initial Assessment
 
Photo Credits: Header image: Aerial view of the city of Sao Filipe in Fogo, Cabo Verde © LivetImages; Cabo Verde flag © Coffee Lover; Meeting and Workshop photos © BRI Staff; Cabo Verde Beach © David Buck, BRI
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