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Minamata Convention: Mauritius
Minamata Convention: Mauritius

Minamata Initial Assessments in the Republic of Mauritius

Mauritius signed the Minamata Convention October 10, 2013. As International Technical Experts, BRI is assisting the government of Mauritius in meeting requirements outlined by the Minamata Convention to reduce mercury in the environment. These activities will complement efforts by Mauritius to significantly reduce the exposure of mercury to humans and the environment.

Formal Capacity: International Technical Expert

Project Lead: David Buck

Minamata Focal Point: Mr. Rajiv Beedassy

Collaborating Ministry: Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development and Disaster and Beach Management

Funding Agency: UNDP/GEF

        

Country Profile

Country Profile

  • Population: 1.27 million (World Bank 2015)
  • Surface Area: 1,969 sq km
  • Capital City: Port Louis
  • Official Language: English, French, Creole
  • Fish Prodcution: 19,600 tons (FAO 2003)
  • UN Membership Date: April 24,1968
  • Minamata Signature Date: October 10, 2013

Surrounded by coral reefs, Mauritius lies on a volcanic island situated off the southeastern coast of Africa. Though Arabs knew of the island as early as the 10th century, it was not discovered until the Portuguese arrived in 1505. Subsequently occupied by the Dutch and French, Mauritius was ceded to Great Britain in 1814, and bcame independent in 1986.

The Mauritian economy is based on textiles, tourism, sugar, and services.

 

Mercury Inventory Training Workshop

Left and Right: Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held June 8-9, 2016 in Mauritius.
Left and Right: Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held June 8-9, 2016 in Mauritius.
Left and Right: Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held June 8-9, 2016 in Mauritius.

SEE US IN ACTION

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

Mauritius - Minamata Initial Assessment
 
Photo Credits: Header image © Sapsiwai; Mauritius flag © byvalet; Workshop and market photos © David Buck, BRI
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