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Minamata Convention: Caribbean Islands
Minamata Convention: Caribbean Islands

Minamata Initial Assessments in the Caribbean Islands

As International Technical Experts, BRI is assisting several small island developing states of the Caribbean as part of a regional Minamata Initial Assessment. The Basel Convention Regional Center for the Caribbean, based in Trinidad and Tobago, 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 UNEP's Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases. The results of this regional MIA will assist countries 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 Buck

Funding Agency: UNEP/GEF

Implementing Agency: Basel Convention Regional Center for the Caribbean

                     

Country Profiles

The Caribbean region comprises more than 700 islands, islets, reefs, and cays, which generally deliniate the northern and eastern boundaries of the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean islands are organized into 30 territories including soverign states, overseas departments, and dependencies. Currently, BRI is working with four Caribbean Island Nations including Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago to conduct MIAs.

Jamaica

  • Population: 2.7 million (World Bank 2013)
  • Surface Area: 10,990 sq km
  • Capital City: Kingston
  • Official Language: English
  • Fish Production: 11,671 tons (FAO 2003)
  • UN Membership Date: September 18, 1962

Saint Kitts and Nevis

  • Population: 54,191 (World Bank 2013)
  • Surface Area: 261 sq km
  • Capital City: Basseterre
  • Official Language: English
  • Fish Production: 370 tons (FAO 2003)
  • UN Membership Date: September 23, 1983

Saint Lucia

  • Population: 182,273 (World Bank 2013)
  • Surface Area: 616 sq km
  • Capital City: Castries
  • Official Language: English
  • Fish Production: 1,440 tons (FAO 2003)
  • UN Membership Date: September 18, 1979

Trinidad and Tobago

  • Population: 1.3 million (World Bank 2013)
  • Surface Area: 5,128 sq km
  • Capital City: Port of Spain
  • Official Language: English
  • Fish Production: 13,400 tons (FAO 1998)
  • UN Membership Date: September 18, 1962
 

Mercury Inventory Training Workshop

Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment  Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, October 10-13, 2016.
Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, October 10-13, 2016.
 
Photo Credits: Header Image, Saint Lucia © PlusONE; Jamaica, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago flags © Gil C; St Kitts and Nevis flag © Carsten Reisinger
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