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Minamata Convention: Montenegro
Minamata Convention: Montenegro

Minamata Initial Assessments in Montenegro

Montenegro signed the Minamata Convention on September 24, 2014. As International Technical Experts, BRI is assisting the government of Montenegro in meeting requirements outlined by the Minamata Convention to reduce mercury in the environment. These activities will complement efforts by Montenegro to significantly reduce the exposure of mercury to humans and the environment.

 

Formal Capacity: International Technical Expert

Project Lead: David Evers

Minamata Focal Point: Jelena Kovacevic and Lena Radusinovic

Collaborating Ministry: Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism

Funding Agency: UNDP/GEF

        

The State of Mercury in Montenegro

THE STATE OF MERCURY IN MONTENEGRO

Montenegro became a signatory of the Convention on September 24, 2014. In order to meet its obligations under the treaty, Montenegro 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 Montenegro mercury team can be found in this brochure. Click to download the full brochure in English or Montenegrin.

Country Profile

Country Profile

  • Population: 621,383 (World Bank 2013)
  • Surface Area: 13,812 sq km
  • Capital City: Podgorica
  • Official Language: Montenegrin
  • Fish Production: 859 tons (FAO 2014)
  • UN Membership Date: June 28, 2006
  • Minamata Convention Signature Date: September 24, 2014


Montenegro is a small Balkan country bordered by Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, and the Adriatic Sea. The landscape ranges from rugged mountains along its eastern borders to a narrow coastal plain along the Adriatic coastline. The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro's largest bay, is dotted by fortified towns and coastal villages such as Perast, pictured above.

Inception Meeting

David Evers, BRI's Chief Scientist and Executive Director, speaks at the Minamata Initial Assessment Inception Meeting, held November 9, 2016 in Podgorica, Montenegro.

 

Montenegro's Minamata Initial Assessment Inception Meeting was featured in local media.

 

Mercury Inventory Training Workshop

Participants of the Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held November 10-11, 2016 in Podgorica, Montenegro.
Participants of the Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held November 10-11, 2016 in Podgorica, Montenegro.
 

Validation Workshop

Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Validation Workshop, June 13, 2017 in Podgorica, Montenegro.
Participants of the Minamata Initial Assessment Validation Workshop, June 13, 2017 in Podgorica, Montenegro.
 
Photo Credits: Header image Perast, Montenegro © Tatiana Popova ; Montenegro flag © Gil C
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