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Minamata Convention: Dominica
Minamata Convention: Dominica

RECENT BRI PUBLICATIONS

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

Bald eagle mercury exposure varies with region and site elevation in New York, USA. (2020)

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

Minamata Initial Assessments in Dominica

As International Technical Experts, BRI is assisting several small island developing states of the Caribbean, including Dominica, 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 Dominica 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 Dominica

THE STATE OF MERCURY IN DOMINICA

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 Dominica conducted a Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA).

Click here to download the full brochure.

Country Profile

Country Profile

  • Population: 73,543 (World Bank 2016)
  • Surface Area: 750 sq km (UN Data 2014)
  • Capital City: Roseau
  • Official Language: English
  • Fish Production: 945 tonnes (FAO 2015)
  • UN Membership Date: December 18, 1978
 

Regional Inception Meeting and Inventory Workshop

Representatives from Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, 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 of the Dominica Mercury Inventory Training and Fish Biomonitoring Workshop, held May 18, 2018.
Participants of the Dominica Mercury Inventory Training and Fish Biomonitoring Workshop, held May 18, 2018.
 

Validation Workshop

On March 13th, BRI and the BCRC-Caribbean visited Dominica to host the Results Validation Workshop for the Minamata Initial Assessment in the Caribbean. Click here for a full copy of the Dominica Results Validation Workshop Report.

Dominica Validation Workshop
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 Dominica: Seafood

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

 
Photo Credits: Header Image, Soufriere Bay, Dominica © loneroc-shutterstock; Dominica flag © Gil C-shutterstock
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