As International Technical Experts, BRI is assisting several small island developing states of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, 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 UN Environment's Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases. The results of this regional MIA will assist Jamaica 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
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.
Both Jamaica and St. Kitts and Nevis became parties to the Convention in 2017. In order to assist with preparations for the ratification and implementation of the Convention, the Governments of Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago each conducted a Mercury Initial Assessment (MIA).
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