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Minamata Convention: São Tomé e Príncipe
Minamata Convention: São Tomé e Príncipe

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Minamata Initial Assessments in São Tomé e Príncipe

Through our Center for Mercury Studies, BRI (an Executing Agency with UNIDO) will work with the São Tomé e Príncipe government to conduct a Minamata Initial Assessment over the next two years. These activities will complement São Tomé e Príncipe's efforts to significantly reduce the exposure of mercury to humans and the environment. 

Formal Capacity: Executing Agency

Project Lead: Molly Taylor

Minamata Focal Point: Mr. Arlindo Carvalho

Collaborating Ministry: Minsitry of Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and Environment

Funding/Implementing Agency: GEF/UNIDO

    

The State of Mercury in São Tomé e Príncipe

THE STATE OF MERCURY IN SãO TOMé E PRíNCIPE

The Minamata Convention on Mercury opened for signature in October 10, 2013 and entered into force on August 16, 2017. To assist with preparations for the ratification and implementation of the Convention, the government of São Tomé e Príncipe 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 São Tomé e Príncipe mercury team can be found in this brochure.

Click to download the full brochure in English or Portugese.

Country Profile

Country Profile

  • Population: 190,000 (World Bank 2015)
  • Surface Area: 964 sq km
  • Capital City: São Tomé
  • Official Language: Portuguese
  • Fish Production: 3,283 tons (FAO 2003)
  • UN Membership Date: September 16, 1975


The Democratic Republic of São Tomé e Príncipe is an island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Africa. These volcanic islands are known for their striking rock and coral formations, such as the skyscraper-like Pico Cao Grande. Once a Portuguese colony, São Tomé e Príncipe gained independence in 1975. Due to it's colonial past, the country's culture blends both European and African influence.

 

Inception Meeting

Participants of the Inception Meeting for the Minamata Initial Assessment, held July 13, 2016 in São Tomé.
Participants of the Inception Meeting for the Minamata Initial Assessment, held July 13, 2016 in São Tomé.
 

Mercury Inventory Training Workshop

Participants of the Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held July 14-15, 2016 in São Tomé.
Participants of the Mercury Inventory Training Workshop, held July 14-15, 2016 in São Tomé.

MIA Meeting in the News

 

SEE US IN ACTION

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

Sao Tome - Minamata Initial Assessment
 
Photo Credits: Header image © Rowan Jackson; Sao Tome and Principe flag © Coffee Lover; Workshop participants © BRI staff; Market © David Buck, BRI
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